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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, along with brother Tamerlan, was named a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013. Seven days later, he was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the attacks.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born on July 22, 1993, in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, into an ethnically Chechen family, and immigrated with his parents to the United States in 2002. A few days after the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013, which killed three people and injured more than 170, the FBI announced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, as suspects in the case. That evening, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer, Sean Collier, was fatally shot,
"When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims."
and the Tsarnaev brothers were named suspects in the incident. On April 19, 2013, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was fatally shot by officers in a shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts, following a police chase. Later that day, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown and taken to a Boston hospital to be treated for injuries. On April 22, 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. He also faces a count of malicious destruction of property resulting in death. It was announced that prosecuters are seeking the death penalty for Tsarnaev.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born on July 22, 1993, in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan. According to the Kyrgyzstan government's state committee for national security, Tsarnaev moved with his family—including parents Anzor Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and two sisters—to the Republic of Dagestan when he was about 8 years old.
According to Anzor Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, Dzhokhar and his parents immigrated to the United States in 2002, settling near Boston, Massachusetts. (Dzhokhar's older brother, Tamerlan, and two sisters reportedly stayed behind, living with an aunt and uncle Kazakhstan before moving to the U.S. in 2003.)
On April 15, 2013, two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon—one approximately four hours after the start of the race, and the other just seconds later—killing three people and injuring more than 170.
Three days later, the FBI announced that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and his older brother, Tamerlan, were suspects in the case, and released photos and videos of the brothers. That evening, police were called to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, where a 26-year-old university police officer, Sean Collier, had been fatally shot. Media reports covering the incident stated that investigators believed the Tsarnaev brothers were responsible for shooting Collier.
The brothers then reportedly carjacked a vehicle and fled to Watertown, Massachusetts, where a gunflght ensued following a police chase in the early hours of April 19, 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed by police in the shootout. Later that day, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured after reportedly hiding in a boat in the yard of a private property in Watertown. After reportedly being shot multiple times by police, he was taken to a Boston hospital to be treated for injuries, including a neck wound that some investigators believe was self-inflicted.
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