Tsarnaev Smoked Pot All the Time: Classmates
'It's like finding out your best friend is a serial killer,' says student of Dzhokar
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2013 6:30 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by the vkontakte website shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/vk.com)

(Newser) – Dzhokar Tsarnaev doesn't sound much like a cold-blooded killer when described by his classmates and friends at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. "He smoked a lot of pot," says Tsarnaev's dorm neighbor, Patrick Yaghoobian. "He smelled like it every day," and the smell often drifted from his room in Pine Dale Hall. Tellingly, Yaghoobian says he didn't smell it Monday—the day of the bombings—but he did Tuesday.

"He would smoke with my friends," another student tells USA Today. "I would never look at him and think he was a radical." And Jennifer Mendez says she often partied with Tsarnaev, whom she considered a close friend. "He was really social and hilarious. He was one of those people who would crack one joke and make your night," she says. "It's like finding out your best friend is a serial killer."

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Apr 24, 2013 10:07 PM CDT
oh no, not weed.. give me a break.
Apr 24, 2013 12:21 PM CDT
I don't know what pot would have to do with anything. It doesn't turn good people bad or bad people good. That aside, this kid really doesn't fit the profile of a random mass killer in any way. My instincts tell me that there's more to the story, which we may never know. No way to be sure though.
Apr 24, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
I doubt it or he would have used Dorito bombs.