Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing case, died early this morning in a gun fight with the police. Here are the facts of the man believed to have orchestrated a terrorist attack that killed 3 people and wounded over 170.
Name: Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Born in: Chechnya. His family fled in the early 1990s due to the violent conflicts there. He also lived in Dagestan in southern Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. He came to the U.S. from Kazakhstan in 2000 as a refugee (there are some conflicting reports about the precise year he came to the U.S.).
Family: Tamerlan was married to Katherine Russell, 24. They have a 3 year-old daughter, named Zahara. Russell converted to Islam for Tamerlan.
Interests: Boxing. Tamerlan trained very hard, even taking time off of community college to train for the Golden Gloves competition. He hoped to represent the U.S. in the Olympics as a boxer. A photo series from 2010 shows Tamerlan at the gym and provides a few tidbits from his life. He said that as long as Chechnya was not independent (and thus, did not have an Olympic team) he would prefer to compete for the U.S. than Russia.
Tamerlan also had a YouTube profile with collected videos about terrorism and Islam, among others.
Favorite Movie: Borat. Very interesting choice for someone who lived where Borat claimed to be from. It may have been cathartic to see Americans made fun of for how they treat people from that area.
Religion: Muslim. Tamerlan, unlike his brother Dzhokhar, was a strict Muslim. He claimed that he didn't drink or smoke, because, "God said no alcohol." According to an aunt, Maret Tsarnaeva, Tamerlan became a devout Muslim "recently," and prayed five times a day. He has also been quoted as saying: "I'm very religious." "There are no values anymore." "People can't control themselves."
History: He was arrested in 2009 for domestic violence against his girlfriend.
Education: Studied at Bunker Hill Community College in the hopes of becoming an engineer.
Personality: Here we have to scrape together what evidence we have. He said in 2010 that despite having lived in the U.S. for years, "I don't have a single American friend. I don't understand them."