AP and NBC reported that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev came to the U.S. from or near Chechnya, but both have apparently spent several years in Cambridge, Massachusetts
His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, has been identified as the first suspect and died overnight following a firefight with police.
NBC News’ Pete Williams said earlier Friday morning that the two suspects likely had “foreign military training,” and had been in the country for about a year.
Later he said they were brothers, and added, “They were legal permanent residents. They were in this country legally, at least a year. They appear to be from Turkey, possibly Chechens from Turkey. That seems to be the nationality here.” As more information became available, multiple source reported that Dzhokhar was born in Kyrgyzstan and Tamerlan was born in Russia.
Just before 7 a.m. Friday morning, the Associated Press confirmed Williams’ reporting and naming Tsarnaev.
Born July 22, 1993, according to Williams, Tsarnaev attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, has a Massachusetts driver’s license, and has been in the country for around a decade. CBS reported that he became a naturalized U.S. citizen on Sept. 11, 2012. He is a registered student at UMass Dartmouth, according to the school, where he lived in a dorm. The school was evacuated at 10 a.m.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, although NBC initially reported he was 20, was 26. He became a lawful permanent resident, according to NBC, in 2007. He maintained a YouTube page that focused on Sunni Islam and included a playlist named “terrorist.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s online profile is more secular, though his “World view” on Vkontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, is listed as “Islam” and his “Personal priority” is “career and money.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a firefight with police, suffering from what doctors at the hospital where he was pronounced dead said were “blast and potentially gunshot wounds … probably a blast injury [and] possibly shrapnel” throughout his trunk
The City of Cambridge appears to have given him a $2,500 scholarship in 2011:
And he then went to UMass Dartmouth.
Where he played intramural soccer back in 2011.