Slain bombing suspect said he didn't understand Americans
The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings who died early Friday morning after a shootout with police was a boxer who trained in Allston.
A photo gallery on http://johanneshirn.photoshelter.com/ includes 15 photographs of Tamerlan Tsarnaev training at the Wai Krux Martial Arts Center in Allston. The dates the photos were taken are not specified.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was pronounced dead at about 1:35 a.m. Friday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
His younger brother is still at large. Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, is the other man suspected of setting off the Boston Marathon bombs Monday, killing an Massachusetts Institute of Technology police Officer Sean Collier, 26,of Somerville, Thursday night and critically injuring Transit police Officer Richard Donahue Jr. 33.
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev enrolled at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth last September but withdrew after only a few days, WCVB-TV reported Friday morning.
Police were carrying out a massive manhunt and several communities, including Boston, Cambridge, Belmont and Watertown, were essentially locked down as the search continued.
The photo captions on the website identify Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a native of the Chechnya region in Russia and a student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.
“I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them,” Tamerlan Tsarnaev is quoted as saying.
He is also described on the website as weighing 196 pounds and in training to represent New England in the heavyweight category at the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. That city will host the competition next month and last hosted it in 2009.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev is quoted on the website saying that if he won enough fights, he could qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, and as a result, could become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
The photo gallery featuring Tamerlan Tsarnaevis is titled “Will Box for Passport.”
It describes Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a student at Bunker Hill Community College with hopes of becoming an engineer, who took a semester off from school to train for the boxing competition.
The website also quotes Tamerlan Tsarnaev as saying:
He fled Chechnya with his family in the early 1990s because of fighting in the region, and was in Kazakhstan for several years. The site does not explain when he, his younger brother and 22-year-old sister moved to Cambridge. Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev graduated from Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School in 2011.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev described himself on the website as “very religious” and said he doesn’t drink or smoke. “There are no values anymore” he is quoted on the site as saying. He added that he worried that “people can’t control themselves.”
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