Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects: Chechen Brothers, One Dead, One Captured

This article has been updated as of Friday, 4/19/2013 at 9:06pm.

An incredible chain of events involving the Boston Marathon bombing suspects played out Thursday night and early Friday morning in and around Watertown, Massachusetts, about 5 miles west of Boston. The Boston Marathon suspects have been identified as 26-year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 19-year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They are brothers of Chechen (Russia) origin who moved to Kazakhstan when young and then to the United States around a decade ago. After an overnight exchange of gunfire with police, the older brother (Tamerlan) was killed.

Less than 24 hours later, shortly before 9PM Friday it was all over. The younger brother (Dzhokhar) was captured alive by police after he was found hiding in a boat parked in the back yard of a home in Watertown, MA.

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(left) Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26) – “DEAD” — (right) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (19) – “CAPTURED”


Below is a list of details known at the moment (according to NBC and CNN).

  • Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26) – Dead – Was a legal permanent resident of United States.
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (19) – At large, but location possibly known by authorities. Immigration status currently unknown. (UPDATE: According to NBC News, Dzhokhar Tsarneav became a naturalized citizen last year on September 11, 2012.)
  • Chaos overnight in Watertown and Cambridge Massachusetts as the brothers robbed a 7/11 (later confirmed to be untrue), killed an MIT police officer, car-jacked someone to escape police.
  • Bombs thrown at police during chase.
  • Body of the dead suspect (Tamerlan Tsarnaev) had an IED (improvised explosive device) attached.
  • On Friday, much of Boston and surrounding towns were in lock down, including buses, trains and taxi services. Schools are closed.
  • Over one million in Massachusetts ordered to “shelter in place” by governor.
  • NBC News is reporting authorities believe they know the location of the second suspect (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev).
  • Two other people have been taken into custody, not necessarily suspects.
  • FAA ordered no-fly over Watertown, MA
  • UPDATE – 7:54pm — Police believe the suspect is in a boat (on land) next to a house in Watertown, MA. Suspect could be wounded after a hail of gunfire from police forces about an hour ago.
  • UPDATE – 8:47pm — NBC reports that the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been captured alive.


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