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.
Life in 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. He returned to the United States in July 2012, and the following month, created a YouTube channel that linked to various videos, two of which were included under a category entitled "Terrorists."
According to The New York Times, Tamerlan began an application for U.S. citizenship in September 2012.
Boston Marathon Bombings
On April 15, 2013, two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon—one approximately four hours after the start of the race, and the other just seconds later. Three people were killed during the attacks, and more than 170 were injured.
Three days later, the FBI announced that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, 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 claimed that the Tsarnaev brothers were believed to be involved in the shooting.
Following a police chase in the early hours of April 19, 2013, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed by officers at the scene. He was 26 years old. The brothers had reportedly carjacked a vehicle and left it in Watertown, Massachusetts, where a gunflght with police ensued. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured later that day, after reportedly hiding in a boat in the yard of a private property in Watertown.
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