Last night night in a violent outburst by the two men they fatally shot a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, Sean Collier, 26, in his patrol car. Soon after that they carjacked an man who they later released. When he was released he told investigators that the men who took his vehicle said they were responsible for marathon bombings. The police went off in search of his car, and a frenzied chase began. The police and the suspects traded gunfire and “explosive devices were reportedly thrown” from the car by the suspects. A transit police officer, Richard H. Donohue, was shot and critically wounded.
After a pitched gun battle with the police, the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was fatally shot; the younger brother, Dzhokhar, managed to get away.
Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev had lived in the United States for years and appeared from the outside to be living normal lives.
Tamerlan, the 26-year-old who died in a hail of police gunfire last night, was a married father, boxer and aspiring engineer.
His younger brother Dzhokhar, the 19-year-old who's been the subject of a massive manhunt since was a student at UMass-Dartmouth, where he had a scholarship.
Tamerlan's YouTube Channel was a video playlist called "Terrorists," next to another that said simply "Islam." Included on the site were testimonials by recent converts to Islam, and a song called, "I will dedicate my life to Jihad."
The family was originally from near the war-torn Chechnya region of Russia, where Tamerlan was born.
They fled the region during Chechnya's first war for independence in the mid-90s, and ended up in Kyrgyzstan, where Dzhokhar was born.
The brothers' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, said the family was granted asylum in the U.S., and moved to Cambridge, Mass.
A Homeland Security source told The News that Tamerlan arrived in the US in 2006, four years after his brother.
Dzokhar became a citizen on Sept. 11 of last year, while his brother applied for citizenship three days later. He was a legal permanent resident but his naturalization status was pending, said immigration sources.
NBC News reported that Dzokhar took a six month trip back to Russia last year. He apparently traveled to Russia from the United States last year and returned six months later, on July 17, a law enforcement official said.
His father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said his son had mostly stayed with him at his home in Makhachkala, the capital of the Dagestan region, but that the two men had also visited Chechnya during that time.
Many are speculating that this is where and when Dzokhar was radicalized.
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