WATERTOWN, Mass. -- The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing remained hospitalized with serious injuries this morning as the hunt for answers goes full tilt to discover why the alleged terrorists turned against a country they once embraced.
Police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday night, ending a tense, five-day drama that gripped Massachusetts with fear and rekindled the specter of terror across the nation. He and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed in an earlier gun battle with police, are Chechens who came to the U.S. and - for a time - seemed to want to succeed in America.
"I'm in complete shock," said Rose Schutzberg, 19, who graduated high school with Dzhokhar and now attends Barnard College in New York. "He was a very studious person. He was really popular. He wrestled. People loved him."
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was found about 8:45 p.m. holed up in a covered boat stored in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass., residence. He was led to an ambulance and driven to a hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.
U.S. officials said a special interrogation team for high-value suspects would question him without reading him his Miranda rights, invoking a rare public safety exception triggered by the need to protect police and the public from immediate danger.
His capture came two hours after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
ended a Boston-area lockdown after a massive, day-long search of
suburban Watertown, which seemingly failed to flush out the teenager.
Dozens of bystanders cheered and applauded as police left the scene.
Maserejian, 48, a jeweler who lives near the capture scene, said the
arrest is just the beginning of a new phase in the search for answers.
Maserejian stressed the importance that Tsarnaev should live and be made
to face the victims of his crimes and their families.
"We need answers," he said. "Why did he do it? What were his causes? Why did he take innocent lives?"
capture came quickly - and somewhat unexpectedly. Minutes after
government officials lifted an order to residents of Watertown to stay
in their homes, a man on the town's Franklin Street ventured outside for
the first time in a day. That's when he spotted blood smeared on the
boat parked in his driveway. He lifted the tarp and saw a man lying
there covered in blood.
It marked the end of a manhunt that
consumed Bostonians for an anxious 24 hours. But it also ushered in many
questions about the suspects and how they had become radicalized, even
as they lived fairly normal American lives.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was
an amateur boxer in the Boston area and his younger brother Dzhokhar was
popular in high school, won a city scholarship for college and liked to
hang out with Russian friends off-campus.
But their roots were in
a side of the world with much more political instability than their new
homeland. "Why people go to America? You know why," their father, Anzor
Tsarnaev, told the Associated Press in an interview from Russia, where
he lives now.
"Our political system in Russia. Chechens were persecuted in
Kyrgyzstan, they were problems." The family had moved from Kyrgyzstan to
Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic in Russia's North Caucasus
that has become an epicenter of the Islamic insurgency that spilled over
Tamerlan occasionally commented on a certain
alienation he felt in America. "I don't have a single American friend. I
don't understand them," he was quoted as saying in a photo package that
appeared in a Boston University student magazine in 2010.
identified himself then as a Muslim and said he did not drink or smoke:
"God said no alcohol." He said he hoped to fight for the U.S. Olympic
team and become a naturalized American.
As a boxer, he was known
for his nerve. "He's a real cocky guy," said one trainer who worked with
him, Kendrick Ball. He said the young man came to his first sparring
session with no protective gear. "That's unheard of with boxing," Ball
said. But he added: "In this sport, you've got to be sure of yourself,
you know what I mean?"
More recently, Tamerlan - married, with a
young daughter - became a more devout Muslim, according to his aunt,
Maret Tsarnaeva. She told reporters outside her Toronto home Friday that
the older brother had taken to praying five times a day.
attended Bunker Hill Community College in nearby Charlestown as a
part-time student for three semesters from 2006 to 2008. He studied
Anzor Tsarnaev, said Dzhokhar is "a true angel" and
"an intelligent boy." In subsequent media interviews, he said his sons
had been framed for Monday's bombings.
Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle who
had not spoken to his brother's sons since December 2005, urged
Dzhokhar to turn himself in to authorities. Meeting with reporters
Friday outside his home in Montgomery County, Md., Tsani said he
believed the brothers may have been recently "radicalized."
Ammon, 18, lived directly below the apartment of the two suspects. He
said he recently saw Tamerlan in a pizzeria, where they argued about
religion and U.S. foreign policy. He quoted Tsarnaev as saying that many
U.S. wars are based on the Bible, which is used as "an excuse for
invading other countries."
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have
dropped a backpack laden with explosives at the site of Monday's second
explosion. He was pictured wearing a white baseball cap in video images
released by the FBI Thursday.
His page on the Russian social networking site Vkontakte says he
attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, graduating in 2011. He won a
$2,500 college scholarship from the city of Cambridge. On the website,
his world view is described as "Islam" and he says his personal goal is
"career and money."
Larry Aaronson, a neighbor and retired history
teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, got to know Dzhokhar
while taking photos of the high school wrestling team and other school
"It's completely out of his character," Aaronson said
of Dzhokhar's alleged role in the bombings. "Everything about him was
wonderful. He was completely outgoing, very engaged, he loved the
school. He was grateful not to be in Chechnya."
Dzhokhar was not overtly political or religious, Aaronson says. "He spoke and acted like any other high school kid."
says he can't reconcile the young man he knows with the
characterizations he's seeing in the media. "I cannot do it," he says.
"I mean this from the deepest part of my heart: It's not possible it's
the same person. It's just not possible."
The younger brother was
described by friends as well-adjusted and well-liked in both high school
and college, though at some point in college, his academic work
reportedly suffered greatly.
Dzhokhar was on the school's
wrestling team. And in May 2011, his senior year, he was awarded a
$2,500 scholarship from the city to pursue higher education, according
to a news release at the time. That scholarship was celebrated with a
reception at city hall.
The New Bedford Standard-Times
reported that Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, who teaches Chechen history at
the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, said he had tutored
Dzhokhar in the subject when he was in high school.
learning his Chechen identity, identifying with the diaspora and
identifying with his homeland," Williams said, adding that Dzhokhar
"wanted to learn more about Chechnya, who the fighters were, who the
Dzhokhar went on to attend UMass-Dartmouth,
according to university officials. He lived on the third floor of the
Pine Dale dormitory. Harry Danso, who lives on the same floor, said he
saw him in a dorm hallway this week.
"He was regular, he was calm," said Danso.
The school would not
say what he was studying. His father said his younger son was "a
second-year medical student," though he graduated high school in 2011.
Still, The New York Times
reported that a university transcript revealed that he was failing many
of his college classes. In two semesters in 2012 and 2013, he got seven
failing grades, including F's in Principles of Modern Chemistry, Intro
American Politics, and Chemistry and the Environment.
also reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was interviewed by the FBI in 2011
when a foreign government asked the bureau to determine if he had
extremist ties. The government knew that he was planning to travel there
and feared that he might be a risk, the Times reported an unnamed
government official as saying.
The official would not say which government made the request.
Tsarnaev's capture unfolded quickly Friday night. Police, who arrived
on the scene immediately after receiving the resident's tip that someone
was hiding in a boat on his property, exchanged fire with the man for
an hour, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. In the end, it took
the FBI's hostage rescue team another hour to coax Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
from the boat and take him into custody.
SWAT teams had spent the day in a house by house search within a 20-block perimeter, but came up short.
"He managed to elude us by being slightly outside the perimeter we set up," he said..
proceeded cautiously, fearing Tsarnaev would have explosives and
homemade hand grenades like he'd used when he and his brother confronted
police the night before. A helicopter flying overhead trained its
heat-seeking sensors on the boat to confirm someone lay under the tarp.
He had been wounded in a early Friday morning firefight with police that killed older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26.
"We're exhausted, but we have a victory here tonight,'' said Col. Timothy Alben, State Police Superintendent.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said charges against Tsarnaev have not
yet been determined. "This is still an active, on-going investigation,''
Ortiz said, adding that it will be Attorney General Eric Holder's
decision whether to seek the death penalty.
President Obama praised law enforcement.
"Tonight, our nation is in debt to the people of Boston and to the people of Massachusetts," he said at the White House.
president said "there are still many unanswered questions" about the
bombing, and the families of this week's victims deserve answers. Obama
said he has directed the FBI and other agencies to get those answers.
"We will determine what happened," Obama said, including any international connections the suspects may have had.
Obama also asked Americans not to "rush to judgement" on the case, including possible motives for the bombing.
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