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Friday
Jul192013

Cop Who Released Unauthorized Photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Trouble

Robin Young, Here & Now(BOSTON) -- A Massachusetts State Police officer who released photos of Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture in Watertown on April 19 has been relieved of duty and will be called up before a hearing next week.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that a Massachusetts State Police spokesman said Sgt. Sean Murphy was not authorized to release the photos, including one of Tsarnaev emerging from a boat with a police laser trained on his forehead while raising a bloodied right hand.

Tsarnaev had been hiding out in the boat for hours after police said he fled a shootout that left his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, dead.

A tactical photographer, Murphy’s rationale for going public with the photos was his anger over the newest edition of the Rolling Stone magazine that features Tsarnaev on the cover, which critics say makes the 19-year-old looking like a glamorous rock star.

John Wolfson, the editor-in-chief of Boston Magazine where the photos first appeared, wrote, “Murphy wants the world to know that the Tsarnaev in the photos he took that night — defeated and barely alive, with the red dots of sniper rifles lighting up his forehead — is the real face of terrorism, not the handsome, confident young man shown on the magazine cover.”

Besides the outcry over the Rolling Stone cover, numerous retail chains say they will not put the magazine on their stands when the issue becomes available Friday.

Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty last week to 30 counts associated with the bombing. Tsarnaev is accused of working with his brother to set off a pair of bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three and injuring more than 260 people.

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Friday
May102013

‘Mounting Evidence' Boston Bombers Involved in 2011 Triple Murder

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts investigators have developed what they call "mounting evidence," bolstered by "forensic hits," that point to the possible involvement of both Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar in a gruesome, unsolved triple homicide in 2011, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

The officials cautioned that until more definitive DNA testing is complete, it is still too early to consider bringing an indictment against the younger of the two brothers, who officials said has admitted his role in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 260 more on April 15. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days after the Marathon bombing attack, but Dhzokhar survived and was captured.

Tamerlan was buried in secret, but a source familiar with the case confirmed for ABC News a report by The Boston Globe that said the 26-year-old was buried in Virginia.

In the wake of the Marathon bombings, Middlesex County began to probe a link between the elder Tsarnaev and Brendan Mess, one of the three men killed in the gruesome slaying on Sept. 11, 2011.

Officials said Mess and two men were found in a Waltham residence with their throats slit and their bodies covered with marijuana. Tamerlan and Mess were once roommates and did boxing and martial arts training together.

Now law enforcement officials tell ABC News that some crime scene forensic evidence provided a match to the two Tsarnaev brothers. The officials also said records of cell phones used by the Tsarnaevs appears to put them in the area of the murders on that date. Several officials confirmed the new findings but declined to be identified because they are not authorized to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Through a spokesperson, the newly-appointed Middlesex District Attorney, Marian Ryan, declined to comment on the brothers' possible involvement in the 2011 murder. Miriam Conrad, one of the attorneys representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the bombing case, also declined to comment through her legal assistant.

The savage 2011 murders unfolded on a quiet dead-end street on a balmy night.

Mess and his friends, Erik Weissman, 31, and Raphael Teken, 37, had ordered dinner from Gerry's Italian Kitchen at 8:54 p.m., but when a delivery woman arrived twenty minutes later there was no answer at the door and no one answered a call to Weissman's cell phone, from which the order was placed.

The bodies were discovered the next day. Former Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said at the time that the murders were "graphic." Other investigators called it perplexing.

Roughly seven pounds of marijuana was dumped on the bodies and $5,000 in cash was left behind. Neighbors said they did not hear any signs of trouble -- even with open windows -- and there was no forced entry. In a 2011 interview, Leone said investigators theorized there had been more than one person at the scene of the murders based on "many factors," but no suspects were identified.

From there the case went cold, until photos of the Boston Marathon suspects were released and family and friends of the Waltham victims recognized them and remembered Tamerlan's strange behavior after the murders. He did not attend his friend's funeral and vanished from the martial arts gyms where the men had sparred together.

Then, Gerry's Italian Kitchen became a focal point again on April 24, nine days after the Marathon bombing, after investigators removed a Planet Aid charity donation bin from its parking lot. A driver had discovered discarded fireworks inside and law enforcement sources told ABC News the gunpowder had been removed from the cartridges.

It is unclear how the Tsarnaev brothers were associated with Gerry's Italian Kitchen, if at all, but looking back, multiple residents of Waltham and Watertown remember Tamerlan Tsarnaev delivering food to their homes and Tsarnaev family members have told reporters the brothers worked as pizza deliverymen. The eatery's management, however, steadfastly denied that either Tsarnaev brother worked there.

Scott Wood, a jiu jitsui trainer who befriended and trained Mess at a martial arts studio in Vermont, said he always believed whoever the killer or killers were, they got in Mess' home "under the guise of being a friend."

"Brendan was a tough, tough kid, a strong kid. It wouldn't have been easy to take him out like that," Wood told ABC News.

Wood and other friends met Tamerlan with Mess at a June 2011 fight event. Mess introduced Tamerlan as "Tam" but fighters also recognized him from his Golden Glove victories and called him "Champ." Tamerlan did not drink and was very quiet that night.

That was the last time Wood saw his friend alive.

As detectives probe the Waltham connections, Middlesex County prosecutors are also busy building a case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in connection with the cold-blooded killing of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier after the Marathon bombings.

Collier was shot five times, allegedly by the Tsarnaev brothers, as he sat in his cruiser, just days before he would have become a Somerville Police Officer. Collier's murder will be prosecuted by state prosecutors while the Marathon bombing will be tried in federal court.

Collier's murder was followed by a carjacking that spawned a wild, high-speed chase that ended with bombs exploding and bullets flying on a street corner in Watertown. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital later that night. His brother escaped but was found badly wounded in a Watertown man's boat blocks from the gun battle the following evening.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being held in the infirmary at Fort Devens federal prison.

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Wednesday
May012013

Three Suspects Charged in Connection with Boston Marathon Bombing

Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Three more people have been taken into custody in connection with the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon, two charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and one with lying to investigators.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday alleges two college-aged friends of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19-year-olds Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, allegedly destroyed or concealed a laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks belonging to Dzhokhar after the bombing. The third suspect, 19-year-old American Robel Phillipos, has been charged with lying to federal law enforcement officers.

All three suspects appeared in a Boston court Wednesday for an initial hearing where they were voluntarily detained pending future bail hearings.

Dzhokhar is in custody after being seriously injured in his flee from police. His brother and alleged co-conspirator Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police hours before Dzhokhar's capture. The pair is accused of setting off two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring 170 more.

According to court documents, all three new suspects went to Dzhokhar's dormitory room on April 18 after they saw images released by the FBI of two suspects, one of which resembled their friend. Kadyrbayev texted Dzhokhar, saying that Dzhokhar looked like the guy being shown on television.

"LOL," replied Dzhokhar, court documents said. Kadyrbayev took that and other texts like "you better not text me" to be jokes.

It wasn't until the teens noticed fireworks with missing powder in Dzhokhar's room that Kadyrbayev allegedly "knew" his friend was involved with the deadly attack.

Kadyrbayev decided to take the backpack "to help his friend [Dzhokhar] avoid trouble" and took the laptop because he didn't want Dzhokhar's roommate to think he was behaving suspiciously. The documents assert that later Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov decided together to throw the backpack and fireworks in the trash.

Robert Stahl, an attorney for Kadyrbayev, said Wednesday his client was not aware Dzhokhar was a suspect in the bombing when he took the backpack and laptop and did not know the items might have been involved in a bombing or were of evidentiary value. Harlan Protass, an attorney for Tazhayakov, said that his client has cooperated fully with authorities and "looks forward" to the truth coming out in his case.

Prosecutors said Phillipos initially told federal investigators he did not remember going to Dzhokhar's room and then said the three friends went there but did not go in. In his fourth interview with investigators, however, Phillipos "eventually confessed that he had lied to the agents," the court documents say.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to five years in prison and Phillipos faces a maximum sentence of up to eight years if convicted, the DOJ said.

Late Tuesday, the Tsarnaev family was deciding what to do with Tamerlan's body.

Bella Tsarnaev, one of the young man's sisters, told ABC News in her first public statement that she and her sister Ailina have planned a proper Muslim burial for Tamerlan.

When the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office was ready to release her husband's body, Tamerlan's widow Katherine Russell declined to take it herself, according to her attorney.

"It is Katherine Russell's wish that his remains be released to the Tsarnaev family, and we will communicate her wishes to the proper authorities," attorney Amato DeLuca said Tuesday. DeLuca also said Russell has been meeting with law enforcement and is providing "as much assistance to the investigation as she can."

The statement came as investigators said they may have pinpointed a turning point in Tamerlan's growth into alleged radical: a 2012 trip to Russia in which he may have had contact with Russian Islamists.

American officials said they are investigating whether Tamerlan had been in contact over the Internet with a man named William Plotnikov, a Russian-Canadian and a fellow boxer, who had converted to Islam and joined the militant insurgency in the North Caucasus. Plotnikov was killed by Russian authorities while Tamerlan was in Russia, and Tamerlan left the country just days later.

Investigators also want to know what Tamerlan was doing with a known militant recruiter in the region named Mansur Mukhamed Nidal, with whom Tamerlan was repeatedly seen leaving a controversial mosque in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. Nidal was also killed by Russian authorities while Tamerlan was in Russia.

But despite what authorities said was photographic evidence the Tsarnaev brothers were behind the Boston bombing and comments reportedly from the surviving brother about how they executed the plot, family friend Britney Smith told ABC News she's not convinced.

"I was always taught to believe what you see and...what I see is two people walking with book bags. I don't see them planting down explosives. I don't see book bags being dropped," Smith said, apparently referring to images widely circulated by the FBI that show the brothers with bags either near or heading in the direction of each of the bomb sites. "If he [Dzhokhar] gets convicted and I see proof of him doing it, then I will be in total shock. I would be in disbelief and disgust that he would do that."

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Sunday
Apr212013

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Was 'Very American,' Neighbor Says

Robin Young, Here & Now(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- The narrow street that is home to the Tsarnaev family looks like many others in the city just across the river from Boston, but neighbors were still reeling from the news that members of the family who lived next door could be suspected of being behind the Boston marathon bombings.

As soon as it became clear early Friday morning that the suspects were Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, police swarmed the street. They focused on a brown house here where the Tsarnaevs lived in an apartment on the third floor.

Just over 24 hours later, there were no police in sight -- just neighbors still stunned that they could live so close to the alleged perpetrators.

Matthew Stuber, 29, who lives next door to the Tsarnaev family, described the younger Tsarnaev as a "sweetheart, a young, cute kid" who was "normal" and "very American."

He said Dzhokhar seemed close to his father, Anzor, whom he would help fix up cars outside their home, something neighbors think Anzor Tsarnaev did to make money.

Stuber, whose apartment is in a house that shares a yard with the house where the Tsarnaevs have an apartment, said he watched Dzhokhar, 19, playing soccer as he grew up and said he is convinced the only way he could have been involved in the attack is if he was "corrupted" by his older brother, who he suspects had a "strong influence" on Dzhokhar.

"He's just a boy," Stuber told reporters, standing in his doorway. "He was just a young boy. It's shocking. I certainly can't put it together that he fired a weapon potentially."

He said it has been hard for him to fathom that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could be the same person seen on video placing the explosives down in the crowd, including by 8-year-old Martin Richard, who died in the blast.

"It's very hard to think that act wasn't faceless," Stuber said. "He chose a spot. He saw their faces immediately. To me it's kind of hard to believe a young boy with no life experience is at all capable ... maybe I'm putting too much blame on the brother."

Stuber said the area was swarmed by police early Friday morning and they watched it unfold on television, despite being next door, too afraid to come out of their home. Eventually, police told them to leave, and they didn't return until Saturday.

Despite living close to the family, Stuber said he wasn't close with them. He described Dzhokhar as "introverted" and said he'd just seen him come home from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth about two weeks ago, saying he looked exactly the same and was just hanging out with friends in the yard.

Another neighbor, Harvey Smith, who lives in the basement apartment in the same building as the Tsarnaev family, also said he did not know them well, despite living there since before the family moved in around 2002, he said.

Although he is speculating, Smith agreed with Stuber that he believes the elder brother had sway over the younger, describing Tamerlan as "more domineering."

"I would imagine because he's the older brother," Smith told reporters from the front of the home that housed their apartments. "He was taller and bigger and had that personality."

Smith added: "I wish the whole thing never happened. ... I thought he was a good kid just like everybody else."

Smith was clearly still stunned by the revelations of the past two days, describing the situation as "awful" and saying he is still in shock.

"Very much, very much," Smith said, when asked whether he was surprised. "I can't even believe I'm talking to reporters."

He said he spoke with the FBI Friday, and they asked "a lot of questions, which I answered."

There was no sign of any law enforcement outside the home Saturday.

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Sunday
Apr212013

Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Boston Bombing Suspect

Robin Young, Here & Now(BOSTON) -- With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lying under heavy guard at a Massachusetts hospital awaiting charges, Boston's mayor said he hopes federal authorities "throw the book at him," which would include the possibility of execution.

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect, 19, could face charges at the state and federal levels, but Massachusetts has no death penalty.

"I hope that the U.S. attorney takes him on the federal side and throws the book at him," Mayor Thomas Menino said on This Week on Sunday. "These two individuals held this city hostage for five whole days."

"They should not do that -- that's what these terrorist events want to do, hold the city hostage and stop the economy of the city."

Tsarnaev, 19, is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he is listed in serious but stable condition, with wounds to the neck and throat area, according to sources. Investigators said he is unable to communicate because of his injuries that might include wounds from an earlier gunfight.

Menino said he agreed with the decision to shut down the city Friday because of multiple events, including the discovery of a pipe bomb unrelated to the marathon attack.

"At that time we found a pipe bomb at another location in our city of Boston," he said. "Another individual was taken into custody."

Menino did not elaborate on the pipe bomb incident.

He said he believed the Tsarnaev brothers acted alone when they allegedly set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line.

He also said he thought that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died after a gun battle with police, "brainwashed or manipulated" his 19-year-old brother, who was taken into custody Friday.

It's unclear when Dzokhar Tsarnaev will be able to talk, but a special interrogation team is at the ready, sources said.

He apparently knows that his brother died after a Thursday night gun battle with police, sources say.

Authorities had launched a manhunt for Tsarnaev, who managed to escape one block outside a police perimeter, on Friday. Residents of greater Boston were told to stay in doors, as police hoped to find and apprehend Tsarnaev alive.

Authorities zeroed in on a boat in a Watertown, Mass., backyard after they received a tip from homeowner George Henneberry, who saw something was amiss.

An infrared camera with a bird's-eye view of the moments before Tsarnaev's capture gave authorities an idea of what to expect as they methodically closed in on the Boston Marathon bombings suspect.

Police believe Tsarnaev was initially wounded Thursday night in the gun battle that ended in his brother's death. Police said they found blood in a car he abandoned and blood at a house.

The thermal-imaging camera showed Tsarnaev was able to move around inside the boat, as the FBI SWAT team brought in a robotic device to approach the boat and peel back a tarp, giving authorities a clear view of the suspect.

At least two flash grenades were thrown into the boat, designed to disorient Tsarnaev, who authorities feared might have been wearing a suicide vest.

They were then able to move in, rushing Tsarnaev to Beth Israel medical center for treatment, where he has remained under heavy guard. He was not wearing a vest.

It was unclear whether he was hit by a final exchange of gunfire Friday.

Tsarnaev is in the same hospital where his brother, Tamerlan, 26, was brought early Friday after a shootout with police. Tamerlan died of his wounds.

Investigators, possibly including the country's elite counterterrorism unit, are hoping that Tsarnaev survives because they are intent on determining what triggered his and his brother's alleged involvement in the attack and whether they had any help.

The bombing killed three, including a young boy, and wounded about 170. An MIT officer was allegedly killed by the duo Wednesday night and a Boston transit cop was badly wounded in a subsequent shootout.

One focus of the probe is a six-month trip Tamerlan Tsarnaev took to the semi-autonomous Russian province of Dagestan in 2012. Dagestan has become a hotbed of militant Islamic activity.

The FBI acknowledged that it had interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev at the request of Russian authorities, but after looking at his phone records, websites he visited and associates, the FBI found he had no ties to terror.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the suspects' mother, said her sons couldn't be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings because Tamerlan had been on the FBI's radar.

"My son would never do this. It is a set up," she said. "He was controlled by FBI like for five, three, five years. They knew what my son was doing."

After Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been checked out, FBI officials said the monitoring had to stop by law because they found nothing incriminating.

"There are too many people in this country just like him that are touching extremist websites that are espousing things that aren't particularly kind to Americans. But that's not against the law here," ABC News consultant and former FBI special agent Brad Garrett said.

After a week of tragedy, terror and living on edge, the greater Boston area is finally breathing a sigh of relief.

"We got our guy and very proud of it and we want Watertown to go back to normal; we want Boston to go back to normal," Watertown Chief of Police Edward Deveau told ABC News.

At a Red Sox game on Saturday, fans filled Fenway Park with their voices, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in unison.

They applauded for law enforcement, they mourned the victims of the bombings and they showed their resilient spirit.

"We are one. We are strong. We are Boston. We are Boston strong," the announcer said to an eruption of cheers.

The Red Sox later pulled out a spirit-boosting win.

And America hasn't forgotten about David Henneberry, the man who tipped police off that Tsarnaev was hiding in his boat.

Bullets riddled the blood-stained vessel during a final volley of gunfire between Tsarnaev and law enforcement. Henneberry is being regarded as a hero, and people around the country are sending him checks to put toward a new boat.

Deborah Newberry, 62, of Orlando, Fla., told ABC News that she mailed a $25 check to Henneberry's home.

"Just listening to his coolness and how he handled the situation, it was like OK, that is a man who needs to have his boat restored," she said.

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Saturday
Apr202013

Gov. Hopes Bomb Suspect 'Survives' to Answer Questions

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Investigators were unable to grill the surviving Boston Marathon bomb suspect today because he is so badly injured that he is unable to communicate.

Gov. Deval Patrick indicated the severity of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's wounds when he said to reporters today that authorities "hope he survives, because we have a million questions."

Tsarnaev, 19, is under heavy guard at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Officials said the suspect is unable to communicate, as he reportedly has a wound to his throat. He also has gunshot to his legs.

He has not yet been charged as of Saturday afternoon.

He is in the same hospital where his brother Tamerlan, 26, was brought early Friday after a shootout with police. Tamerlan died of his wounds.

When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody from the bottom of a boat in the backyard of a Watertown home Friday night, the suspect was bleeding badly and too weak to resist any longer, officials said.

Police believe Tsarnaev he was initially wounded Thursday night in the gunbattle that killed his brother.

Police said they found blood in a car he abandoned and blood at a house. Police said he went undetected by the massive manhunt because he had managed to get just one block outside the search perimeter.

It is unclear whether Tsarnaev was hit again during a final volley before his arrest in the boat.

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Saturday
Apr202013

Republicans Calling for Tsarnaev to be Held as an Enemy Combatant

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Four Republican lawmakers are calling for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be held as an enemy combatant.

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) released a statement on Saturday explaining their stance.

“The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status.  We do not want this suspect to remain silent,” the statement reads.

Congressman King told ABC News that the Boston Marathon bombings were an act of war, and that Tsarnaev should be treated accordingly.

 “The terrorist should not be given Miranda rights, should not be put in a civilian court at this time and basically should be held as an enemy combatant,” he said.

“The purpose in doing this is to get as much intelligence as we can, to find out how far this conspiracy went, who was involved in it, who provided the money, are there any other cells out there, are there any other members of this conspiracy, in Boston or anywhere else in the country who are planning other attacks?” King explained.

Not everyone agrees with the four lawmakers. In a statement released Saturday, the American Civil Liberties Union warned against such an action.

“We must not waver from our tried-and-true justice system, even in the most difficult of times. Denial of rights is un-American and will only make it harder to obtain fair convictions,” the ACLU’s statement read.

It may not even be possible, as according to a Department of Justice official who spoke with ABC News, "U.S. Citizens cannot be tried in military commissions under current law."

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Saturday
Apr202013

Boston Bomb Suspect Alarmed Russian Relatives With Extremist Views

FBI(BOSTON) -- One of the Boston bombing suspects set off alarm bells among his family a year ago during a trip here to visit relatives, ABC News has learned.

According to a family member, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was kicked out of his uncle's house because of his increasingly extremist views.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar, 19, are believed to have placed bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 170. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police early Friday and Dzhokhar was badly wounded and captured by police Friday night.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent roughly six months in Russia in 2012, but the relative, who insisted on anonymity to avoid offending other family members, insisted the young man had been radicalized in the United States before his trip.

Dagestan is one of the poorest and most violent regions of Russia, home to an Islamist insurgency that seeks to establish an independent state. So far, no links have tied him to militant groups here.

Members of Congress, however, say those six months last year were a turning point in Tamerlan Tsarnaev's radicalization.

"When he came back he starting posting more radical jihadist YouTube videos and started becoming more of a fundamentalist Muslim," Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told ABC News Friday.

"My concern is that he may have gone over there to visit his father and he received training and then became radicalized and then came back. Something happened in that period of time. He was not like that before," McCaul said.

The FBI, meanwhile, also looked into Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011.

In a statement Friday, the bureau said it investigated Tsarnaev on behalf of a foreign government, though it did not reveal which one.

"The request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country's region to join unspecified underground groups," the FBI statement said.

The bureau said that in response to the request it combed through its databases and interviewed the man and members of his family, but did not find any evidence he was tied to terror groups.

"The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011. The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government," the FBI statement said.

The family member described Tsarnaev's father and mother as good parents who are distraught at the news. They tried to evade the media today after granting several interviews a day earlier, even instructing family members to tell reporters they had left for Chechnya. The pair were briefly spotted, however, by journalists waiting outside their home.

The relative said he saw them Friday and that the mother was sobbing and the father suffered some sort of panic attack in the evening. Also on Friday, according to a security source, the parents were questioned by security services.

The relative said Tsarnaev's father is a "traditional Muslim" who eschews extremism. He couldn't imagine his son would do such a thing, the family member said.

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Saturday
Apr202013

College Friend Says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'Acted Like Nothing Happened' 

Robin Young, Here & Now(BOSTON) -- One day after the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spent time at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he was enrolled as a student and "acted like nothing happened," according to a friend at the campus.

Tsarnaev, 19, is suspected to be behind the bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday that killed three people and injured more than 170.

Andrew Glasby told ABC News that Tsarnaev lived one floor above him at the Pine Dale dormitory and he had a conversation with the alleged bomber one full day after the bombing on the campus.

"I can't believe he had the balls to come back and act like nothing happened," Glasby said.

UMass would only confirm that Tsarnaev was on the campus Wednesday, according to card swipes.

Tsarnaev visited the gym and slept in his dorm room Wednesday, according to the school.

Glasby said Tsarnaev, who was often referred to as Jahar, blended right back into normal college life and was "convincing" that nothing was amiss.

"I thought as it was just regular old Jahar. We had a typical conversation, he was not startled, he was not scared, he was not anything. He was just the same old Jahar," Glasby said.

Glasby said that Tsarnaev offered to give him a lift home to Waltham, Mass., on Friday. Tsarnaev described his car as a green Honda Civic, which was the same car police initially said Tsarnaev may have been driving while at-large.

Instead, Glasby spent Friday evacuating the campus, which sits about an hour south of Boston. A screeching fire alarm woke Glasby around 10 a.m. as Blackhawk helicopters circled overhead.

"I didn't have time to grab my wallet or my phone. I only had time to grab my sweatpants and my sneakers," Glasby recounted.

"UMass Dartmouth has learned that a person being sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing has been identified as a student registered at UMass Dartmouth. The campus is closed. Individuals on campus should shelter in place unless instructed otherwise," the university posted on its website.

Glasby described Tsarnaev as an average Joe who played soccer, enjoyed FIFA soccer video games and smoked marijuana on a daily basis until this year.

"I think he told me from one of our conversations, 'Oh I don't smoke anymore,'" Glasby said.
To Glasby, Tsarnaev was a social, low-key guy with a messy dorm room and liked to listen to hip hop music.

"It really makes me wonder, the person next to you, are they really that person, acting like they are the best person but instead they are blowing up people?" Glasby said.

Late Friday night, UMass posted an update on their website, saying the campus will remain closed and an update will be provided later today.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by this week's tragic events. UMass Dartmouth is committed to being part of the healing process that will unfold in the days and weeks ahead," the message concluded.

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