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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, along with brother Dzhokhar, was named a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013. He was fatally shot by police officers four days later.
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Born on October 21, 1986, in Kalmykia, a Russian territory near the Caspian Sea, Tamerlan Tsarnaev moved to the United States with his two sisters in July 2003, according to his parents. Not long after, he registered with USA Boxing, an amateur boxing organization, began working odd jobs and reportedly became deeply religious. In 2009,
Tamerlan was arrested by officers from the Cambridge Police Deparment for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. A few days after the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013, which killed three people and injured more than 170, the FBI announced Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, as suspects in the case. That evening, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer, Sean Collier, was fatally shot, 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.
Born in Kalmykia, a Russian territory near the Caspian Sea, on October 21, 1986, Tamerlan Tsarnaev grew up in Grozny, Chechnya, and later moved with his family—including younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, two sisters, father Anzor Tsarnaev and mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva—to the Republic of Dagestan, according to the Kyrgyzstan government's state committee for national security. According to his parents, Tamerlan then moved to Kazakhstan with his two sisters, staying with an aunt and uncle there, while his parents and son Dzhokhar immigrated to the United States.
According to a family member, Tamerlan Tsarnaev moved to the United States with his two sisters in July 2003. Not long after, he registered with USA Boxing, an amateur boxing organization, and began working odd jobs, including as a pizza deliveryman. Around this time, after winning a bout at a boxing tournament in Massachusetts, Tamerlan stated in an interview with the Lowell Sun, "I like the USA ... America has a lot of jobs. That's something Russia doesn't have."
In the fall of 2006, Tamerlan began attending Massachusetts' Bunker Hill Community College. He dropped out of school in the spring of 2008—around the same time that he began attending a mosque in Cambridge and became deeply involved in his "own religion," according to family members.
After competing at the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, Utah, in May 2009 (and losing his first fight of the event), Tamerlan was arrested by officers from the Cambridge Police Deparment for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in July 2009. The following year, Tamerlan married a woman named Katherine Russell in Cambridge. Not long after, Russell gave birth to a baby girl, according to an attorney representing Russell's family.
According to a family member, Tamerlan Tsarnaev began a regular daily prayer ritual in 2011. The following year, he made a short trip to Russia, where he reportedly spent a great deal of time with his father, Anzor Tsarnaev, and traveled to Makhachkala.
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