Two Brothers. One dead. One Hunted.Posted: April 19, 2013 | |
The community of Watertown, Mass. shut down today after a firefight between the Boston Marathon Bombers erupted late last night. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19 are brothers who lived in the U.S. for several years, are Muslims and ethnic Chechens originally hailing from Kyrgyzstan. Tamerlan and Dzhokar murdered MIT officer Sean Collier, stole his cruiser, and robbed a 7/11 late last night. They proceeded to steal an Mercedes SUV and take a hostage for a short time.
After abandoning the hostage police were in pursuit. The brothers tried to evade the police by throwing IED’s out of the vehicles, none of which exploded. The homemade explosive did provide excellent diversions by smoking and the like.
The firefight (video) between the brothers ended as Tamerlan ran toward the officers with explosives strapped to his chest. A witness said the older brother hit the ground without detonation. They were unsure if a bullet or tackle had brought the young man down.
People who knew them liked both brothers siting they lived clean respectable lives.
Tamerlan was an amateur boxer and according to his boxing coach, John Curran, was a regional amateur champion and had to the potential to go pro. In the essay, “Will Box for Passport”, Tamerlan Tsarnaev said: “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.” Seemingly in contradiction Hirn writes in another post: “Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia.”
Tamerlan was Reportedly Arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery – “In 2009, Tamerlan was arrested for domestic assault and battery after assaulting his girlfriend,” reported Foreign Policy’s David Kenner, but its unclear if either brother had a record beyond that. As if a dark foreshadowing he became a U.S. Citizen on September 11, 2012. He died early this morning from his wounds inccured during the gun fight when his brother reportedly hit him with the SUV fleeing the scene.
Dzhokhar (pronounced Joke-Har), the younger brother, fled the firefight with police into the neighborhood of Watertown and is still at large. Law enforcement officials encourage extreme caution if this suspect is sited. He is likely armed and has explosives on his person.
He is reportedly a student at Cambridge (possibly Dartmouth) according to his social network profile. City of Cambridge awarded “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev” a $2,500 scholarship in 2011, according to Boston.com report. “The city is awarding the $2,500 scholarships to 45 students using contributions from citizens and businesses. About 35 to 45 scholarships are awarded each year, according to the city,” reported Boston.com’s Brock Parker. Tsarnaev was a senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School then. This time frame would make sense if the AP is reporting that Tsarnaev was in the U.S. for at least a year.
Born in 1993 he esposes the dreams of many of his contemporaries seeking “career and money”. Along his desire for wealth and stature he lists his world view as “Islam”. While his older brother did subscribe to radical muslim youtube channels there is little evidence at this point connecting Dzhokhar or his brother to any radical muslim group. Their uncle claims neither of the boys were religious, however Dzhokhar said he did not drink or smoke because of his religion. His amazon account’s wishlist is riddled with counterculture, bomb making guides, and other books related to those subjects.
The 19 year old’s twitter is confirmed.
“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s confirmed Twitter account, @J_tsar, paints a strange picture of the suspect’s mindset in the aftermath of Monday’s bombing in Boston. Shortly after 7 p.m. EST the day of the bombing, eerily Tsarnaev tweeted a lyric used in Jay Z’s song “Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love)” and advised people to “stay safe.” A tweet a few hours later — “There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don’t hear them cuz they’re the minority” – will no doubt be analyzed for some deeper meaning. And the next day, a portion of Eminem’s rap from Dr. Dre’s “Forgot About Dre.” And Wednesday, “I’m a stress free kind of guy.” ”
These words far from make sense and beg the question of sociopathy or simply not understanding what he had done. This story is changing every few hours and I will update it as information comes along. All information in this post is from respected news sources.
Direct any information regarding the whereabouts of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to the FBI and Boston PD. Numbers found here.