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Everything We Know About Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dead Bombing Suspect

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Everything We Know About Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dead Bombing Suspect

Authorities are now confirming the two suspects sought in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing are two Russian-born Chechen brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Tamerlan, the older brother, is dead. Here's what we know about him.

It's not much, and most of it's derived from a photo gallery. We know Tamerlan Tsarnaev was 26 and a competitive boxer for a club named Team Lowell, who won the Rocky Marciano Trophy for being New England Golden Gloves heavyweight champion in 2010. He did this while taking time off from school at Bunker Hill Community College, where he studied in hopes of being an engineer. He's been boxing in the U.S. since at least 2004, and his uncle told WBZ in Boston that he arrived in the United States in 2000 under refugee status.

The Lowell Sun wrote this about his bout at the Golden Gloves nationals in 2009:

In Team New England's last bout of the night, Tamerlan Tsarnaev dropped a controversial decision to Lamar Fenner of Chicago in the 201-pound devision.

After flooring Fenner with a huge punch that required an eight count, it seemed that Tsarnaev was in control of the whole fight.

Yet somehow the judges saw it differently and awarded Fenner the decision, a decision that drew boos from the crowd.

Team New England finished the first day of action with two wins and two losses.

We know he had a YouTube profile, where he created a playlist dedicated to terrorism. The photo gallery features his girlfriend at the time, and the caption reads:

Tamerlan says his girlfriend is half Portuguese, half Italian girlfriend and converted to Islam: "She's beautiful, man!"

Other photo captions in the gallery:

Tamerlan demonstrates a way of walking to strengthen the ankle muscles at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center. A native of Chechnya, Tamerlan says: "In Russia, we used to train like this. Here nobody does it, I don't know why!"

Tamerlan says he doesn't drink or smoke anymore: "God said no alcohol." A muslim, he says: "There are no values anymore," and worries that "people can't control themselves."

Tamerlan says he doesn't usually take his shirt off so girls don't get bad ideas: "I'm very religious."

Tamerlan says he loves the movie "Borat," even though some of the jokes are a bit too much.

If he wins enough fights there, Tamerlan says he could be selected for the US Olympic team and be naturalized American. Unless his native Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia.

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by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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katy_kay08
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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and of course the most obvious is the IRA

TimetoMomUp
by Runt on Apr. 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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I kind of feel bad for the girl in the picture.  Not sure if she is his GF or not but I am sure this picture will haunt her forever.


SuperChicken
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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Also, being Muslim doesn't mean that was their motivation.   Their motivation could have been political, anti-American, just plain crazy, or something else entirely.    

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM



Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting FromAtoZ:

Religion, when taken to the extreme, regardless of the area of religion, can be harmful.  We all know that.

I hope, however, that we do not begin to generalize, yet again.  

God is not responsible for the horrific actions that have taken place.  These individuals, and whomever else, are.

Interesting in another thread you made a comment saying 

"Wait for it.................................................the resident 'Catholic' should be in here soon."


I curious if you would make the same comment inserting the word "Muslim"?  Or do you only generalize when it comes to Catholics?  



I am not generalizing.  There is indeed one particular 'Catholic' in this group that is so over the top she is concerning.  One.  

I do not put all other Catholics on the same bench with her.  Not even you.

So, nice try.

I do not generalize.  If one person is over the top, in my opinion, and is Muslim.....or Catholic.........then so be it.  That does not mean that every one who is Muslim, or Catholic, are the same.

Understand that??

Righttttttt...........I'll leave it at that since I don't want to side track Candlegals thread.


Elyssa414
by Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM
So very true.

Quoting SuperChicken:

Also, being Muslim doesn't mean that was their motivation.   Their motivation could have been political, anti-American, just plain crazy, or something else entirely.    

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candlegal
by Judy on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Go for it, I have to leave for work anyway.  :)

Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting FromAtoZ:

Religion, when taken to the extreme, regardless of the area of religion, can be harmful.  We all know that.

I hope, however, that we do not begin to generalize, yet again.  

God is not responsible for the horrific actions that have taken place.  These individuals, and whomever else, are.

Interesting in another thread you made a comment saying 

"Wait for it.................................................the resident 'Catholic' should be in here soon."


I curious if you would make the same comment inserting the word "Muslim"?  Or do you only generalize when it comes to Catholics?  



I am not generalizing.  There is indeed one particular 'Catholic' in this group that is so over the top she is concerning.  One.  

I do not put all other Catholics on the same bench with her.  Not even you.

So, nice try.

I do not generalize.  If one person is over the top, in my opinion, and is Muslim.....or Catholic.........then so be it.  That does not mean that every one who is Muslim, or Catholic, are the same.

Understand that??

Righttttttt...........I'll leave it at that since I don't want to side track Candlegals thread.



katy_kay08
by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting 12hellokitty:



Quoting FromAtoZ:

Religion, when taken to the extreme, regardless of the area of religion, can be harmful.  We all know that.

I hope, however, that we do not begin to generalize, yet again.  

God is not responsible for the horrific actions that have taken place.  These individuals, and whomever else, are.

Interesting in another thread you made a comment saying 

"Wait for it.................................................the resident 'Catholic' should be in here soon."


I curious if you would make the same comment inserting the word "Muslim"?  Or do you only generalize when it comes to Catholics?  



I am not generalizing.  There is indeed one particular 'Catholic' in this group that is so over the top she is concerning.  One.  

I do not put all other Catholics on the same bench with her.  Not even you.

So, nice try.

I do not generalize.  If one person is over the top, in my opinion, and is Muslim.....or Catholic.........then so be it.  That does not mean that every one who is Muslim, or Catholic, are the same.

Understand that??

Righttttttt...........I'll leave it at that since I don't want to side track Candlegals thread.


translation:  "I don't have any way to actually disagree with your statement but agreeing with you makes my butt twitch so I'll pretend it's because I don't want to hijack the thread" 

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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Quoting SuperChicken:

Also, being Muslim doesn't mean that was their motivation.   Their motivation could have been political, anti-American, just plain crazy, or something else entirely.    


That doesn't matter. People are already calling for the deportation of all Muslims. It's sad. 

ETA: The interesting part is how after Sandy hook, all gun owners were looked down so there are people on both sides categorizing a whole group for the actions of a couple individuals. 

soonergirl980
by Silver Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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this makes me LOL. When this first happened I read here and other places "it's probably some right wing gun nut pissed off about gun legislation, abortion, etc" and people were like yep, probably, gonna be a white red neck. There were even bloggers hoping it was a white redneck. But now that we know they were Islamic foreigners its doesn't mean it's the most OBVIOUS explanation. It's probably not even because they were Isalmic even though usually Islamic terrorists = Islamic, anti-american agenda.


Quoting SuperChicken:

Also, being Muslim doesn't mean that was their motivation.   Their motivation could have been political, anti-American, just plain crazy, or something else entirely.    



viv212
by Gold Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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I don't understand.

Why the people running the marathon?
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