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Father of dead Boston suspect: He was 'a true angel'

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   April 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM   |   Comments

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April 19 (UPI) -- The father of the two young brothers at the center of the Boston bombing investigation mourned his dead older son, calling Tamerlan Tsarnaev "a true angel."

Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar, 19, were identified by the FBI as suspects in Monday's deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon. A series of events early Friday morning lead to a massive manhunt and shootout in Watertown that left Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead.

His father, who still lives in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan, described his son as a gifted student who dreamed of becoming a professional boxer.

The Tsarnaev brothers attended Cambridge Rindge & Latin school and Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent three semesters at Bunker Hill Community College between 2006 and 2008.

The brothers moved from Chechnya sometime after 2001. Both were legal permanent residents, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly became an United States citizen last year.

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