April 20, 2013

Suspect brothers a study in contrasts

The older had become a more devout Muslim; the younger is recalled as friendly and down-to-earth.

By JEFF DONN and JOCELYN NOVECK The Associated Press

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This undated photo provided by the vkontakte website shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. He was captured in Watertown, Mass., Friday evening.

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Maret Tsarnaev, an aunt of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, holds a reporter’s smartphone, which displays a scene from the bomb site, as she speaks to journalists Friday at her apartment building in Toronto.

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Dzhokhar, 19, attended the prestigious Cambridge Rindge and Latin school, participating on the wrestling team.

He was currently attending the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Mass., university officials said Friday. He lived on the third floor of the Pine Dale dormitory. Harry Danso, who lives on the same floor, told the AP he saw him in a dorm hallway this week. "He was regular, he was calm," said Danso.

The school would not say what he was studying. The father of the suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, told the AP his younger son was "a second-year medical student," though he graduated high school in 2011. "My son is a true angel ... ," he said by telephone from the Russian city of Makhachkala. "He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here."

Dzhokhar's page on the Russian social networking site Vkontakte says that before moving to the United States, he attended School No. 1 in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic in Russia's North Caucasus that has become an epicenter of the Islamic insurgency that spilled over from Chechnya. On the site, he describes himself as speaking Chechen as well as English and Russian. His world view is described as "Islam" and he says his personal goal is "career and money."

Deana Beaulieu, 20, lives two blocks away from the suspects' home on Norfolk Street, went to high school with Dzhokhar and was friendly with his sister.

Beaulieu says she didn't recall Dzhokhar expressing any political views.

Florida Addy, 19, of Lynn, Mass., said she lives in the same college dorm with Dzhokhar this year and was on the same floor last year. She called him "drug" (pronounced droog), the Russian word for friend, a word he taught her.

Addy said she saw Dzhokhar last week, when she bummed a cigarette from him. They would occasionally hang out in his room or at the New Bedford apartment of Russian students he knew. He generally wore a hoodie or a white T-shirt and sweatpants, and spent a lot of his time with other kids from Russia.

She described him as down to earth and friendly, even a little mysterious, but in a charming way. She had just learned that he had a girlfriend, although she did not attend the university.

"He was nice. He was cool. I'm just in shock," she said.

Tamerlan was more defined by athletics, and clearly proud of his boxing prowess. USA Boxing spokeswoman Julie Goldsticker said Tamerlan registered with the group as an amateur boxer from 2003 to 2004, and again from 2008 to 2010. He competed as a heavyweight in the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City on May 4, 2009, losing his only bout.

Portland Boxing Club owner Bob Russo, who coached the team that Tamerlan was a part of, said on Friday that he barely remembered him, other than he seemed somewhat distant and kept to himself.

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The father of the Boston bomb suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, speaks to the media at his home in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, a mostly Muslim republic in southern Russia, on Friday.

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Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, speaks with reporters outside his home in Montgomery Village, Md., on Friday. Tsarni urged his nephew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to turn himself in and ask forgiveness.

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In this undated photo provided by Here & Now radio host Robin Young, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, left, and Young’s nephew, right, pose for a photo after graduating from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

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Photos released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation early Friday show bombing suspects they identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19.

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