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What’s Known About Dzhokhar And Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Submitted by on April 19, 2013 – 10:02 amNo Comment

Early this morning, Boston Police released the name of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect still reportedly on the run: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Information is coming in fast, and much of it has already proven false.

The two suspects were originally identified as brothers, aged, 19 and 20. Reports now confirm Dzhokhar is 19, but suggest Tamerlan was 26.

It’s unclear whether Tamerlan’s name was released by police, or just uncovered by media after the release of Dzhokhar’s name.

The earliest reports also stated that the brothers had been in the country only a year, but now suggest much longer. Tamerlan is an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer who has boxed in the US since at least 2004. Dzhokhar was likely a high school student at the elite Cambridge Rindge and Latin. A classmate claims he had attended school in Cambridge since at least 7th grade.

The brothers are commonly being described as Chechnyan, though several reports identify Dzhokhar as being born in Kyrgyzstan.

Suspect #2  is NOT Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student from India who has been missing for a month. Rumors circulated that Tripathi’s name was mentioned on a police scanner, and that he is a Marxist radical. Tripathi also bears some resemblance to Dzhokhar.

Tamerlan was reportedly killed in a shootout with police near MIT early this morning. Dzhokhar fled the scene and is believed to be hiding in Watertown. The city of Boston and surrounding suburbs are essentially on police and military lockdown.

[via Buzzfeed, Deadspin, AP, and AtlanticWire]




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