A photo of dead Boston bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev at the morgue emerged on the Internet via the popular social sharing site Reddit just hours after he passed away on April 19.
The extremely graphic image was posted by user nfieldflyer on Friday, under the title “Suspect #1 … in the morgue. NSFW.”
The user claims the photo was obtained by a “friend” who works downtown. Typical for images posted to Reddit, the photo itself is being hosted on Imgur.
As far as the photo’s authenticity, law enforcement sources have confirmed to TMZ that the image is real. One source told the website that authorities are investigating to determine who leaked the photo.
At one point, the image even managed to break through and reach the front page of Reddit, but apparently was pushed off.
For those who want details, but do not want to view the image, the picture shows the corpse of the 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev lying on what appears to be a morgue table.
Multiple bullet wounds can be seen, as well as a large gash along the left side of his chest in the area of his rib cage. According to specialists, the large wound is a thoracotomy, an evidence of an emergency procedure to restart his heart. Iodine traces being evident around the wound’s perimeter .
The body is covered in blood, particularly on his face. His mouth and both eyes are wide open.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown, Massachusetts on April 19.