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Todashev allegedly wrote confession on involvement in Waltham slayings

Minutes before a Boston FBI agent shot and killed him last May, Ibragim Todashev was writing a confession that investigators said would detail his alleged involvement in the brutal slayings of three men in Waltham in 2011.

“My name is Ibragim Todashev,” the confession states. “I wanna tell story about the robbery.”

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On a now bloodstained legal pad, Todashev allegedly wrote that he and his friend, suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, went to a house in Waltham to rob “drug dealers.” He wrote that Tsarnaev pointed a gun at the person who opened the door. They went upstairs, put the men on the floor, and taped up their hands, according to a copy of the confession obtained by the Globe.

Investigators said Todashev was almost finished with the confession when he confronted the officers and was shot.

The Massachusetts State Police said that they had captured Todashev’s confession earlier in the evening of May 21, 2013, on videos, but those have not been made public.

In the video confessions, state investigators said that Todashev implicated himself and Tsarnaev in the slayings of Tsarnaev’s friend, Brendan Mess, 25, and Erik H. Weissman, 31, and Raphael M. Teken, 37.

Their bodies were found in Mess’s apartment with their throats slashed and marijuana sprinkled over their bodies.

Officials confirmed the confession this week in separate reports issued by a Florida prosecutor and the US Department of Justice, both of which cleared the FBI agent of any wrongdoing in the shooting of Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter.

Officially, the Waltham killings remain unsolved. The Middlesex district attorney’s office has said that the investigation is ongoing.

Maria Sacchetti can be reached at maria.sacchetti@
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