One suspect in the Boston bombings has been shot and killed, and while police search for Suspect Two, the Associated Press has identified him, and new reports claim that the two men were brothers from Chechnya, a small region in Russia. Keep reading for more details.
After a violent police shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in the early morning of April 19, information has begun to flood out regarding the identities of the two terrorists.
Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects’ Identities Revealed
The men are brothers from Chechnya, a small region in Russia, who have been living in the Cambridge, Mass. area for at least one year, according to the Associated Press. Suspect One, the black-hatted suspect who was shot and killed on April 19, has not been released, was a 26-year-old named Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He reportedly attended Bunker Hill Community College and once posted on a personal website that “he doesn’t have a single American friend.”
We also now know that Suspect Two is a 19-year-old named Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. These brothers from Chechnya are terrorists who may have received military training overseas, according to a report from NBC News.
Boston Police’s Manhunt For Suspect Two
Suspect Two, Dzhokhar, is currently still at large, as he was able to flee the shootout in Watertown, Mass. Boston is in full lockdown as the police fiercely search for this man — public transportation has been suspended, all schools and offices have been closed, and police are asking residents to remain in their homes.
When Suspect One died while being taken to the hospital, where it was discovered that he had multiple explosives strapped to his body, according to CNN. Police believe that Dzhokhar may also have explosive devices on him.
Friends & Acquaintances Speak Out About Suspect Two
The suspects former teacher, Larry Aaronson, tells CNN that in no way did he think Dzhokhar could be capable of partaking in such a horrific attack.
“He was a wonderful kid, he was forthcoming, he was a lovely, lovely kid. He was an outstanding athlete and was never in trouble in school.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended Cambridge Rindge & Latin, a public high school, said Eric Machado, a friend of the suspect who graduated a year after him. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked as a lifeguard at Harvard University and was a heavy weight boxing champion in high school according to CNN.
Another one of Dzhokhar’s peers said “He goes to parties, he would smoke a little weed here and there, he is just as American as I am.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston, and we hope they stay safe. We will keep you updated on this story as it progresses.
— Andrew Gruttadaro