Why I Broke Up With Dzhokhar

Nothing sinister, he was just a 'hands-y teenaged boy': ex

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 2, 2013 9:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev certainly didn't seem like a devout Muslim to a woman who had what she calls a "fleeting fling" with him at UMass-Dartmouth. Though she describes herself as being "very forward" ("I walked right up to him and I was like, 'Oh my God, you are adorable. Can we hang out?'"), she broke things off after two weeks when he invited her to his dorm alone, she tells Mother Jones. "He wanted to go further than I did … and I realized that that's not the kind of person that I wanted to be around," she says. "I don't think that's necessarily being a terrorist. I think that's just called being a hands-y teenaged boy."

The woman says Tsarnaev "never mentioned anything about religion. … I just can't see him being a radical jihadist." She also sheds light on his relationship with his newly arrested pals, saying they were part of a nigh-inseparable group of about five Russian-speaking friends. She says she hung out, smoked pot, and listened to music with them. "They all sort of idolized Jahar," she says, using the name Tsarnaev went by. "Jahar was always the leader in his group." (Click to read about how those friends learned the truth about "Jahar.")

This photo found on the VK page of Dias Kadyrbayev shows Kadyrbayev with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Mother Jones' source says Kadyrbayev was probably the one closest to him.
This photo found on the VK page of Dias Kadyrbayev shows Kadyrbayev with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Mother Jones' source says Kadyrbayev "was probably the one closest to him."   (AP Photo/VK)
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