Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
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Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
These brothers orchestrated the Boston Marathon bombing that took place in 2013. The older brother was killed during a shootout with police, and the younger was captured and sentenced to death.
On the third Monday of April every year (also known as Patriots’ Day), the entire city of Boston basically comes to a halt as hundreds of thousands of people come into the city to celebrate the holiday that’s highlighted not just by the Boston Red Sox playing a morning home game, but by the famed Boston Marathon. There’s no other marathon in the world of its caliber, with many training their entire lives to reach this race.
It’s supposed to be a celebration of the human triumph with thousands celebrating their achievements. For the most part, that’s thankfully been true. However, in 2013, Boston and the world were shocked when two young men had laid out an attack on the marathon that killed three people and injured nearly 300 more. These two were brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who will forever live in infamy because of their terroristic crimes.
Tamerlan is the oldest of the brothers, having been born on October 21, 1986 while Dzhokhar was born on July 22, 1993. Tamerlan was born in Elista in what was then the Soviet Union while his younger brother from Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan where the family had been moved to from Chechnya. Both brothers were raised as Muslims growing up, though extremism was not part of the teachings in their household.
Eventually, the family made their way to modern day Russia while Dzhokhar was still very young, eventually moving to the United States after seeking asylum, heading to the Boston area in the city of Cambridge. Dzhokhar showed the most potential of the two in terms of school, hoping to become a professional in the medical field while Tamerlan had dropped out of college to focus on a potential boxing career. Either way, the students that had been in the same classes with the Tsarnaevs had described them both as normal with no indication of what was to come.
Even one of his teachers had testified when Dzhokhar had gone to trial, saying that he was “eager to learn whatever school had to offer” and “He was a person who you enjoyed being around…(he would) befriend anybody and help anybody in need.” A friend of his said that he “really miss(ed) the person that I knew.”
Family members, teachers and friends all threw in their two cents, and it seemed that nobody was expecting the Tsarnaevs to carry out any sort of attack. It was Tamerlan that some were worried about from the beginning, though, with some describing him as the mastermind with Dzhokhar following along “like a puppy dog.” Some have even been sympathetic toward the younger Tsarnaev in the years that have passed as the child that you see here was described as being far away from a cold blooded killer.
Still, it doesn’t take back what happened in April 2013. The two had used a pressure cooker bomb to detonate near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that went off shortly before 3 p.m. with another explosion soon following. The ensuing scene was pure chaos, with people running in every direction looking for safety as first responders made their way toward the epicenter to offer up any help that they could. Thousands who were close to achieving their dream of finishing the Boston Marathon were stopped suddenly, unable to complete the race.
After the bombing, law enforcement officials went through all of the surveillance footage that they could, hoping to find any tips that they could on the suspects. The FBI released photos of the Tsarnaevs as they matched the description of one of the brothers, and a manhunt soon followed. Once the photos were released, it didn’t take long for the suspects to make themselves known once again.
That’s because at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology later that day, the Tsarnaevs had shot a member of the university’s police department while he was in his car, claiming yet another life. Once they had committed yet another act of violence, they carjacked a vehicle but had to stop for gas when the car was low. The man that they had kidnapped had escaped and had the gas station attendant call the police, and with his phone in the car, police were able to track the vehicle down.
Later that night, law enforcement caught up with the brothers and a shootout ensued. This would end up with Tamerlan being killed while Dzhokhar had escaped for a brief period. At first, he had gotten out of view from the police in Watertown and went near a lake to try to continue hiding. Dzhokhar found a boat that was docked and hid under the tarp, which caught the notice of the owner who looked out the window.
Police then came to the boat and found that it was indeed Dzhokhar hiding, and the two parties would exchange fire once again, with Dzhokhar being shot, but wasn’t fatally injured. After receiving medical treatment, Tsarnaev was taken by federal authorities where he was held in solitary confinement. Originally, there were many that had called for a death sentence for Tsarnaev, which brought up a lot of debate.
Tsarnaev received a total of 30 charges which included four murder charges, with the verdict coming down in April 2015, nearly two years to the day in which the bombings took place. Many victims of the attack were brought in to testify, facing their assailant in court. There have been appeals filed by Tsarnaev since then, with the case still up in the air in terms of the appeals process. Things tend to move rather slowly when the death penalty is brought up, meaning that it’s likely nothing will be final for several years. For the families that were affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, though, there have been many mixed reactions on whether or not Tsarnaev should face the penalty.