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Dancer Injured in Boston Bombing; Russia Warned of Older Brother; Suspect Heckled Mosque Speech; Remembering Boston Bombing Victims.

Aired April 22, 2013 - 11:30   ET

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CAPT. ADAM SMITH, HUSBAND OF INJURED DANCER: I could walk a little bit. I hobbled up behind her. We got to the bar/restaurant about 10 feet ahead. We put our heads on the stairs. I got my belt off and around her legs. At that point, more of the panic set in for me. I was like, what do I do, what do I do. She was strong. She was focusing on grabbing me, and make sure I was focusing on her. A lot of the bystanders helped too.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: So incredible.

Chauni, you're Adrianne's mom. You flew here from Seattle. You were the one who broke the news to Adrianne about her foot.

CHAUNI HASLET, MOTHER OF ADRIANNE: Well, yes and no. She knew -- she hoped when she went into the first emergency surgery that she would be able to have her foot saved, but by the time Tuesday rolled around, she knew they were not able to save her foot because of such extreme damage. By Wednesday, she had the complete amputation just below the knee. So, of course, her mom had to be the one to tell her the bad news. Yes.

COOPER: Can you -- I don't want to make you relive this, but can you tell me how that conversation went?

HASLET: When she called us, it was about 1:00 Seattle time. Get on the first plane. We were hit by a bomb. She said my foot is gone. I don't know what I'm going to do. She didn't know if Adam was alive at that time. Just get on the next plane, which is what we did.

When we arrived by her bedside at 8:00 a.m., she had already been in emergency surgery. They didn't go in until Wednesday to make sure it was clean and do the amputation.

COOPER: It is done at the knee?

HASLET: Just four to five inches below the knee.

COOPER: That's wonderful compared to what it could have been. That's a huge advantage. When she woke up, did she realize that much has been taken?

HASLET: When she first woke up on Tuesday, I know she mentally knew her foot wasn't there. By the time the surgeons, who are absolutely fabulous, came and spoke with her, she knew an amputation was likely and was willing to face all the future challenges.

COOPER: Adrianne, if I could ask you -- can you tell me about those moments when you realized the extent of the injury and the extent of the amputation and how you get through that?

ADRIANNE HASLET-DAVIS, DANCER & DANCE INSTRUCTOR: Yes. Absolutely. The moment that I realized that I was -- had lost my foot, I was angry. My first reaction was anger. I didn't have -- I wasn't looking on the positive side. I was upset that a bomb went off and I was the one that was there. I was upset that it had happened. I just -- I was mourning the loss of my foot. I didn't know if I could dance again. It's hard to look on the bright side. After a little while, I thought, you know what? This is the card I was dealt. I'm going to look on the bright side of it. I'm going to try to be the best person I can be, the best dancer I can be, the best wife I can be. That's what I was focusing on. I had some of the best surgeons. One of them popped in and said we had four surgeons in the room that night and made the decision that we had to cut off your foot and it was the only thing we knew we could do and still giving you mobility below the knee.

COOPER: You have no doubt that you're going the dance again?

HASLET-DAVIS: I have no doubt. Absolutely. Absolutely. I have already partnered with prosthetic leg companies to design something where I can dance again.

COOPER: I heard you also want to run the marathon. Are you a runner?

(LAUGHTER)

HASLET-DAVIS: No. Are you a runner, Anderson? You should join me.

(LAUGHTER)

COOPER: I tell you, I ran three miles last night because I thought I wanted to run the marathon. I think I'm not in good enough shape to do it. You sound strong. I bet you could do it.

HASLET-DAVIS: All right. Yes. I'm definitely going to do it. I'm not a runner. I have not ran it before. I have run maybe two or three miles and felt very winded and didn't know what I was doing it, even though I could do quick step all day. I feel such an out pouring of support, I want to thank them. Returning to the marathon on that day and running the marathon, would be a way to do that, even if I come in last.

COOPER: I would love a dance lesson from you. I'm a terrible dancer. Maybe I'll --

(CROSSTALK)

HASLET-DAVIS: Done, Anderson. It's done. I teach at one of the best studios in the area. I would love to teach you.

COOPER: All right. I may take you up on that. I know a fund has been set up to help Adrianne. Prosthetic devices have been very expensive. Can you tell us about the funds?

HASLET: I honestly don't know a lot about it. I've been sitting next to her. But I think it's called --

COOPER: Let me ask her.

Adrianne, do you know the name of the fund that's been set up?

HASLET-DAVIS: Yes. It's Adrianne's Fund. It was set up by Nancy and Mark Lightener (ph). Mark Lightener (ph) owns the Arthur Murray Studios in the Boston area. He and Nancy have been kind enough to set up a fund to help raise money for some of my health care needs, both mine and Adams, as well as the prosthetic. I'm very thankful to them for that. They had done that on their own, and it was a pleasant surprise and I am very thankful to anyone who's donated to that. I will use it for prosthetic, that can be very expensive. I hope there is some left over to give back to the community.

COOPER: Do you know the name of the fund or how people can contact it?

HASLET-DAVIS: Yes. Absolutely. The name of the fund, I have it right here. It is just Adrianne's Fund. It's on gofundme.com. The web side is gofundme.com.

COOPER: Gofundme.com.

HASLET-DAVIS: Yes.

COOPER: Adrianne, I'm going to come see you. I'm going to come visit. I'm excited to see you.

(CROSSTALK)

HASLET-DAVIS: I'm not a very good client. You have a lot of work ahead of you.

(CROSSTALK)

(LAUGHTER)

COOPER: Well, you've met your match. I wish you the best. I'll see you and Adam soon.

For more on to help Adrianne or others go to CNN.com/impact.

We'll be right back.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

COOPER: Welcome back to this special edition of CNN NEWSROOM.

It's been one week since twin bombs rocked Boston. The bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is on a ventilator and heavily sedated. He is communicating with authorities. An interview team goes into the room to question him every few hours. Their questions have focused on public safety concerns, such as are there other bombs or weapons. He responds by nodding or shaking his head. They're waiting on when authorities could file charges against him.

Evidence suggests the Tsarnaev brothers were planning another attack before the shootout with police left the other brother dead. There's a lot of information we're still trying to find out. Investigators are scrambling to find out a motive, why Boston?

The FBI may have missed warnings about one of the suspects. The older brother was on the FBI radar two years ago. There was a warning from Russian authorities he might have some radical influences.

I want to bring in Tom Fuentes. He is the former assistant FBI director and CNN analyst. He joins me from Washington.

Tom, how common is it for a foreign government to contact the United States and say, look, you need to question this person. He's going to be traveling to our country.

TOM FUENTES, FORMER FBI ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: The FBI receives many questions along those lines. The FBI opened an investigation here and looked into that and, at the time, could not find any indication of a connection to a foreign group or a connection to a domestic group in the U.S. or any other derogatory information that would warrant continuing the information based on what they had at that time.

Now, they asked Russians to provide additional information and no more information came back. So they really did all they could with it at that time and closed the case. Once the case was closed, unless there's a reason to reopen it, you don't have the continuous monitoring if he's going to web sites and thinking bad thoughts.

There's some -- that's being examined now to see at what point that information comes up and does it come up after the FBI had closed the investigation. And during the time, FBI did not have a reason to reopen the investigation. That's what they're looking at now.

COOPER: Should the FBI have re-interviewed him after he came back from Russia?

FUENTES: The question is how much they knew of whether he was in Russia or whether they still had enough to reopen the investigation. So that's a question. That could be a policy issue that would be looked at also in the investigation.

But additionally, keep in mind, no terrorists from Chechnya has directly, that we know of, been deployed by them to the United States to attack us here. They've been at war with Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Really, the rise of the insurgency of Chechnya began in 1994. So the terrorist acts they've committed directly in Russia have been in Moscow, the opera house, other incidents. And they've joined fighters in other countries. And Al Qaeda has sent people and joined fighters there. That's not been an established close relationship. It's one of convenience.

It's reported they're in Syria now. Chechen groups are in Syria now. There are no American forces. They're attacking the regime, which also raises the issue, when people say we should be providing weapons and equipment the rebels in Syria, take a look at these countries when these conflicts come up. Who would you be actually be arming and training? Do we really want to do that? What might they do in the future?

COOPER: Right. Still a lot to learn about who the older brother had contact with in Dagestan and Chechnya.

Tom, I appreciate you joining us.

Still ahead this afternoon, new information on the mosque that one of the bombing suspects attended and what he did at that mosque, some conflict between him and some of the other mosque attendees. We'll talk about that ahead.

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COOPER: There have been some reports of disruption that the older suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, caused in a local area mosque.

We send our Brian Todd to investigate. He joins us now.

Brian, what did you find out?

BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Anderson, a board member of the Islamic Society of Boston Mosque, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just told me a short time ago, that this incident happened close to the Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday. The board member said at that time there was a service being given and the person giving the service started mentioning Martin Luther King. At that time, the board member says Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother, did disrupt the service. He stood up and started shouting, saying that Martin Luther King was not a Muslim. He called the person giving the speech a hypocrite. People then spoke to him and calmed him down according to this board member and that he quieted down after that. The board member tells us that Tamerlan Tsarnaev did come back to the mosque after that. He was often there for dawn prayers between 5:00 and 5:15 a. m., usually on Fridays.

When I asked about the younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, coming to the mosque, this board member says, yes, he did, usually not alone, always with his brother -- Anderson?

COOPER: Did they shed any light on, you know, questions about radicalization, about where he may have or when he may have become more radicalized?

TODD: You know, we didn't get quite that far. I'm meeting with some people at the mosque later today and we hope to drill down on that. The uncle has said that there was some other person that may have swayed the older brother toward more radicalization. This is a little bit sketchy information at this point on who or what might have done that. And we're trying to put the pieces together with information regarding that and, of course, regarding his trip back to Dagestan in 2012 when he spent six months there. And trying to piece together whether that may have had some influence on him and whether it may have radicalized him. But hopefully, some people at the mosque are going to be able to shed some more light on this later today.

COOPER: All right. Brian, we'll join you for that.

So, again, the question is, was this something that happened overseas? Was it somebody here or was it somebody just online, some sermons on the internet that Tamerlan began to listen to, began to follow? Again, a lot of questions still remain.

I want to show you some live pictures right now of the actual boat where the suspect, Dzhokhar, was captured on Friday night from our affiliate, WCVB. We're just getting these pictures. Gives you a sense of location in Watertown, also the size of the boat there. You can see it in the backyard. We also had seen the picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev climbing out of that boat also. But quite a large boat there, as you see.

Also want you to know about one of the other victims of the Boston bombing. Krystle Campbell, she lost her life last Monday. Her funeral is underway right now in Medford, Massachusetts. It's a private service.

Up next, we'll remember the 29-year-old who never stopped smiling.

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COOPER: Welcome back. You're looking at new video from outside the funeral mass of Boston Marathon bombing victim, Krystle Campbell.

Carol Costello takes a look at how the 29-year-old restaurant manager will be remembered by her friends and by her family.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

PATTY CAMPBELL, MOTHER OF KRYSTLE CAMPBELL: You couldn't ask for a better daughter. I can't believe this has happened.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A mother's grief for a daughter taken too soon.

PATTY CAMPBELL: Everybody that knew her loved her. She loved her dog. She used to (INAUDIBLE). She had a heart of gold.

COSTELLO: Krystle Campbell was 29. She loved to watch the Boston Marathon.

ANNOUNCER: -- the Boston Marathon champion.

COSTELLO: She'd been going for years, watching the runners cross the finish line.

(EXPLOSION) COSTELLO: That's where she was Monday when the bombs went off.

(SHOUTING)

COSTELLO: Campbell grew up in Medford, Massachusetts just outside of Boston.

WILMA CAMPBELL, KRYSTLE'S GRANDMOTHER: She made me happy. I used to look forward to her coming home to see me.

COSTELLO: Her grandmother remembers her as smart, ambitious and loving.

WILMA CAMPBELL: Smiling all the time. All the time she smiled. No matter what happened, she'd come out with a smile. I used to dress her up. I used to love to dress her up and put her hair in long curls and lots of bows on her hair. She loved it. She'd go out prancing.

COSTELLO: Sweet and kind. That's how she's described by those who knew her here at the restaurant where she worked.

NICK MIMINOS, RESTAURANT MANAGER: We liked her immediately. She was one of the hardest workers we had. I think that's what our crew here enjoyed most about her is she would get in the trenches and work right next to you. She wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty. She was a very, very positive manager.

COSTELLO: Friends and family feel the same.

WILMA CAMPBELL: I'm having a hard time when I see her on the TV. It's killing me inside.

COSTELLO: Perhaps Krystle's mother sums it up best.

PATTY CAMPBELL: (INAUDIBLE.)

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: What kind of daughter was she, ma'am?

PATTY CAMPBELL: She was the best. You couldn't ask for a better daughter.

COSTELLO: Carol Costello, CNN, Atlanta.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

COOPER: Krystle Campbell, 29 years old. We will remember her.

A memorial for 23-year-old grad student, Lingzi Lu, is set for tonight at 7:00. Friends and family say Lu had a sweet smile, bubbly personality, always eager to help others. She was just one class away from graduating with a masters from Boston university when she was killed watching the race with friends. She moved from China to study here in Boston. Her professor says she had big dreams to take her American education back to China and become a businesswoman. We will remember her as well. And, of course, we're remembering 8-year-old Martin Richard who died a week ago today in the bombings. The third grader lived in the Dorchester section of Boston. He was standing near the finish line with his mom and sister when the bombs went off. Both his mom and sister were badly wounded. Martin will forever be remembered in this picture holding up a poster board that says, "No more hurting people, peace." Martin Richard, 8 years old.

And MIT police officer, Sean Collier, is the fourth victim not to be forgotten in this tragedy. He was just 26 years old. Ambushed in his police car shot multiple times on campus. Colleague says Collier was born to be a police officer because of his protective nature. Coincidentally, he volunteered at the gym where one of the suspects actually trained as a boxer.

For more on how you can help the families, the victims of last Monday's attack in Boston, go to CNN.com/impact. There's a lot of information there on a lot of different organization.

This plan is subject to change if news warrants, but we've got a lot of more information we're covering. He's, of course, accused of killing four people, wounding dozens more. Now, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lies in a hospital unable to speak. He is communicating with authorities as the case against him is prepared.

This is our special coverage of the Boston bombings. I'm Anderson Cooper. Thanks very much for joining us.

Today marks one week since twin bombs exploded in this city. We're now getting live aerials of the boat where one of the suspects was captured. Gives you a sense of the size of the boat.

Here's the latest information that we have. A source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation tells us that the 19-year-old suspect is on a ventilator, heavily sedated. He was shot in then neck. He's unable to speak right now.