News broke this morning that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing hail from a Russian region near Chechnya, and they are brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the same town where yesterday they executed a cop with a bullet to the head.
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the so-called Suspect No. 2 (white hat), remains alive and is the subject of a massive manhunt in an around Watertown, Massachusetts. Tamerlan, Suspect No. 1 (black hat), was reportedly shot by cops during a fierce firefight in the streets of Watertown, during which the brothers set off explosives and gravely wounded another cop. Tamerlan later died after reportedly being run over by Dzhokhar as he escaped.
The Boston area is on lockdown, with residents forced to remain indoors while hundreds of agents hunt the terrorist suspect Dzhokhar. Schools are closed and transit is shut down. There is strong suspicion that the brothers had accomplices.
Here’s what you should know about this enemy of America.
1. He’s Lived in America More than Half His Life and Became a U.S. Citizen Last Year on 9/11
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, so-called Suspect No. 2, and his brother, Suspect No. 1, have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years. NBC’s Pete Williams, who has been in the know and debunked speculation that a missing Brown University student was the suspect, says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born July 22, 1993, in Kyrgyzstan. The older brother was born in Russia.
Records show Dzhokhar was registered to voter in Cambridge. And according to NBC News he had recently become a naturalized U.S. citizen — last year on 9/11.
His address is reportedly 410 Norfolk Street in Cambridge.
2. He Had a Profile Page on the Russian Facebook & a Twitter Account
He apparently checked in very recently on his social media profile.
Check out the comments left for him after his name came out as a suspected terrorist (BEWARE — some comments and avatars NSFW):
He posted this video of brother Tamerlan, making fun of Central Asian accents, to his profile on March 19:
He apparently favorited this tweet (below) hours before the Boston Marathon bombing attacks, and his Twitter account remained active for two more days.
The ultimate sacrifice is within you, The battle within is defined by the word jihad.
— ⋨┇♛❖ ℒ⓪ℜḒ❇$₮ℇℰℤ���❖♛┇⋩ (@Steezy_Be_Eazy) April 15, 2013
This was favorited on April 16:
The sad part about the events in Boston today, is that some bs Hollywood director is gonna try n make a movie n profit from tragic evens smh
— 2Explicit (@ballholic34) April 16, 2013
This was the final tweet penned from the account:
I’m a stress free kind of guy
— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 17, 2013
And this tweet came on the night of the bombing:
Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people
— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 16, 2013
3. He Was a “Nice Guy” Who Won a $2,500 Scholarship
According to this list, he received a $2,500 college scholarship from the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2011.
The Today Show just interviewed his high school classmate, Sierra Schwartz, who described him has a “nice guy”:
He was a nice guy. He was shy. It’s almost painful to call him ‘nice’ now after all the tragedy that happened. … He was funny. I had friends that were relatively good friends with him. It never seemed like he was suspicious.
Boston radio journalist Robin Young is the aunt of one of the suspect’s best friends.
heart is broken. just confirmed, I know dzhokhar tsarnave, one of best freinds of my beloved nephew, who says he never in his life saw this.
— Robin Young (@hereandnowrobin) April 19, 2013
Today also spoke to Young today, who spoke in glowing terms about the apparent terrorist:
I can’t tell you enough about what a beautiful young man this was. My nephew was a dear friend of his. … People just love him. We had a prom party a couple years ago … he was beautiful in his tuxedo. … Just recently my nephew and he were texting each other about going to a Super Bowl game. No one can believe that it’s this young man.
Dzhokhar’s dad takes it one step further, calling the suspected mass murderer “a true angel.”
He was seen at the campus, apparently care-free, at a party two days after the bombing.
4. He Was an All-Star Wrestler
As seen in this bracket, he was high school wrestler. He was named Student Athlete of the Month in February 2011 at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. (The same high school attended by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Patrick Ewing.) The same year he was an all-Greater Boston League wrestler and placed third in the 135-pound class at the Division 1 Central sectionals.
Cambridge Rindge & Latin assistant wrestling coach Peter Payack told the Boston Herald:
Once I saw that picture, I knew it was him. I just couldn’t talk, it was like someone put a knife in my heart, I just felt like crying. Wrestling is like a brotherhood and you feel like all the wrestlers are your son, so this was hard for me.
5. He Ran a Car Over His Dying Brother
NBC reports that cops say Dzhokhar ran over his now-deceased brother, Tamerlan, while escaping the shootout in Watertown last night. Above is a photo of Tamerlan, a Golden Gloves boxer, via Photoshelter. The caption reads:
Tamerlan says he loves the movie “Borat,” even though some of the jokes are a bit too much.