Bombing Suspects Are Chechen Brothers

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, on the loose; Tamerlan is dead

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 19, 2013 6:26 AM CDT | Updated Apr 19, 2013 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – The AP names the Boston Marathon suspect who is on the run, citing a law enforcement intelligence bulletin: Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, who lives in Cambridge and has been living legally in the US, two officials tell the AP. Multiple outlets are reporting the dead suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26; both suspects are said to be Chechens. The suspects' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni confirms for the AP that the two are brothers, saying they'd been in the US for about a decade, while their father, who lives in the Russian city of Makhachkala, says that Dzhokar is a second-year medical student at UMass Dartmouth, describing him as "a true angel."

  • Authorities released new images of Dzhokar today, showing him during a convenience store robbery in Cambridge last night. The robbery took place near MIT's campus, where a police officer was killed before the manhunt for the two suspects turned into a firefight.
  • USA Today reports that someone with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's name attended the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and was on the wrestling team and named an all-star in 2011; the student was also awarded a $2,500 Cambridge city scholarship as a high school senior in May 2011.
  • In an interview with WBZ, Tsarni called his nephews "barbarians." He said Dzhokhar was in college. As for Tamerlan, "I would call him a loser. ... I heard he's not been in school." He said he had "no idea" why they would do this. "I just wish they never existed," he said. "They do not deserve to exist on this earth."
  • Another uncle, Alvi Tsarnaev, says Tamerlan called him Tuesday night for the first time in about two years, and they spoke for about five minutes. "He told me he was happy," said the uncle. "I asked him what he was doing. He said, 'I fix cars, I got married, got a baby.'" An aunt also says that the elder brother had a 3-year-old daughter and a wife in Boston, reports AP.
  • In a really weird twist, Slate has spotted a photo essay starring Tamerlan entitled "Will Box for Passport." The essay says that Tamerlan, who was then training for the National Golden Gloves, studies at Bunker Hill Community College. "I don't have a single American friend," he says. "I don't understand them."
  • Mother Jones spotted a more ominous digital footprint: Tamerlan's YouTube page, which includes a number of Islamic religious videos—including one on the Black Banners of Khurasan prophesy, which is a major touchstone for militant extremists. He also has a playlist titled "Terrorists," though all videos in it have been deleted.
  • And CNN takes a look at a Twitter account that two friends of Dzhokar's say belongs to the suspect. A tweet from Monday night: "Ain't no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people." (A Jay-Z quote, CNN notes.) He's since tweeted Eminem lyrics, a quote from a Muslim scholar, and more.
  • The AP also reports that Tamerlan was arrested for domestic violence in 2009.
  • Dzhokhar just became a US citizen, on Sept. 11 of last year, NBC News reports. Tamerlan became a legal permanent resident in 2007, and travel records show that he left the US for six months last year to go to Russia.

This surveillance photo released via Twitter Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Boston Police Department shows a suspect entering a convenience store that police are pursuing in Watertown, Mass.   (AP Photo/Boston Police Department)
This photo released by the FBI early Friday April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling the suspects together, walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/FBI)
This photo released by the FBI early Friday April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling suspect number 2, walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/FBI)
An image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   (Boston Police Dept.)
An FBI image of Dzhokar Tsarnaev.   (FBI)
In this 2009 file photo, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, fights during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Boxing Tournament.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan)
This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young)
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