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Boston Marathon explosions

At least two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing at least three and injuring more than 170.

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letterNORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (NorthKingstownPatch.com) — The family of Katherine Russell, wife of slain Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, issued a statement Friday night outside their North Kingstown home.

The statement was printed on a piece of paper and handed to a reporter outside the home.

The note reads:

“Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child.

“We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted.

“Please respect our family’s privacy in this difficult time.”

Earlier, the North Kingstown Police Department confirmed that the Rhode Island State Police visited a home in North Kingstown in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, according to the NorthEast Independent.

It has been reported that Russell, 24, was married to Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the two have a 3-year-old daughter together.

WATERTOWN, Mass. (WTIC) — A FoxCT camera rolling on the scene in Watertown after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody may have captured him being carried away in an ambulance with undisclosed injuries.

bill iffrigSEATTLE — Nisa Kennedy has been paying close attention to the search for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday — she has good reason to, since she was one of the runners to cross the finish line that day.

“I still don’t know who won – the top male and the top female isn’t something that you focus on after something quite like this,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy keeps a close eye on her television as she waits for new developments in the attack that took three lives and injured more than 150.

“It’s still like a fog. But it’s tragic that you have young boys that can do something like this. You just can’t even understand where that’s coming from,” she said.

On Monday, Kennedy picked up her third Boston Marathon medal – no easy feat — but five days later, she’s still struggling to understand why it had to happen.

“Just a few evil people –- I mean that’s all you can call it — just completely evil — (it) destroys everything and that’s hard to comprehend.”

Runner Bill Iffrig and his wife returned to Seattle Friday afternoon. A photograph of Iffrig that went viral showed the veteran runner fall to the ground as he was nearing the finish line.

“I come out pretty good, I was very lucky there. Actually, I didn’t get hurt at all but one little abrasion on my knee — outside of that I didn’t get hurt bad,” Iffrig said.

He has also been following news of the bombing suspects and hopes police catch 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and throw the book at him. “Take him to court and send him to prison,”  he said.

One runner who didn’t want to go on camera said it’s important to remember the victims who are recovering from their injuries.

Anyone who would like to help can go to One Fund Boston, an organization set up to go to accept donations for victims of the bombings.

The suspects other uncle talks about his nephews:

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The suspects together

MOSCOW — Reports that two young Chechens were suspects in the deadly explosions this week in Boston were met Friday with anger, denial and surprise by their father and officials from Chechnya and the neighboring Dagestan in southern Russia.

Anzor Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen and the father of suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, refused to believe his sons had anything to do with the terror attack.

Boston authorities have reported that Tamerlan, 26, was slain in an overnight gun battle with police and Dzhokhar, 19, remains on the run.

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“I will never believe my boys could have done such a terrible thing,” he said in a telephone interview from Makhachkala, the capital of the Dagestan region. “I have no doubt they were set up.”

“My older son is killed and now they are after my little boy,” he said. “It is a provocation of the special services who went after them because my sons are Muslims and don’t have anyone in America to protect them.”

He argued that his sons didn’t know how to handle firearms, let alone explosives.

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The Tsarnaev family moved to Makhachkala from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, where they had sought refuge from violence in Chechnya in the mid-1990s, a Dagestan official said.

“They lived in Makhachkala for a very brief period and then they went abroad and settled in America,” Rasul Temirbayev, spokesman for the Investigative Committee of Dagestan, said in a phone interview. “We have nothing in our records to indicate that the [Tsarnaev] brothers had any connection with underground [resistance] cells. They were very young boys when they lived here.”

Officials in Makhachkala School No. 1 confirmed to Interfax that the two brothers and their two sisters studied in that school for four months in 1999.

“Both brothers and two sisters, Bella and Amina, then went abroad and their father and mother stayed here,” Timur Dzhafarov, Interfax correspondent in Dagestan, said in a phone interview. “Their father is a Chechen but their mother is Avarian,” one of Dagestan’s numerous ethnicities.

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“No one in Chechnya knows anything about this family,” Lyoma Gudayev, deputy information minister, said in a phone interview. “But if these kids are really Chechens it is very unlikely that they could travel all the way around the world to explode something in the United States. It sounds like science fiction to me.”

“The West keeps thinking that we are a troubled republic but the war is long over for us down here,” he added.

Chechnya, a primarily Muslim region, was the site of two wars of independence, from 1994 until 1995 and again in 1999. The latter rebellion was put down by Russian forces and the republic has been ruled by Kremlin loyalists ever since.

The violent Islamic movements spread to the neighboring republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia, which continue to see attacks on government forces and police.

–Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times

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A man named Andrew tweeted an image of officers patrolling the streets outside his home, located across the street from the police activity. He said nine other people were in the house with him and later tweeted that he had been evacuated from the area twice.

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A Watertown resident captured this image from their home. Police kept everyone in their homes, putting the area on lock down as they searched for the suspects.
People online were also trying to learn more about the suspects. This picture surfaced online this morning, it appears to be the younger brother, Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s yearbook picture

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After several fake Twitter and Facebook accounts, friends of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told CNN about his real Twitter account — his most recent tweet was April 17, saying “I`m a stress free kind of guy.”A few hours after the bombings on Monday, he posted “no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people.”

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His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was also reportedly active online. People found what they believe is his YouTube channel, created in 2012. There are videos under the sub categories terrorists and Islam.

WATERTOWN, Mass. — One Boston Marathon bombing suspect was shot by police in a firefight in a residential area of Watertown and later died, but the second bombing suspect escaped and was on the loose, authorities said Friday.

Early Friday morning, police were conducting a door-to-door search in Watertown and ordered residents in the area and surrounding communities to stay indoors. Police also asked area businesses to remain closed and Gov. Deval Patrick ordered the Boston’s mass transit service — trains, buses — be suspended. Boston area schools are also closed.

For a live stream from the FOX affiliate in Boston, click here

Authorities established a 20-block perimeter as they searched for the remaining suspect, who is said to be the white-hat suspect in surveillance photos put out by the FBI Thursday.

“We believe this to be a terrorist,” Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said. “We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people.”

Later, the Boston MBTA service was shut down and the entire town of Watertown was shut down, with no businesses allowed to open and no vehicles allowed onto the streets.

Residents of Watertown were told by the Massachusetts State Police early Friday to stay inside and not open their doors to anyone but persons they know and uniformed police. Police said they were going to go door-to-door to search for the second suspect.

The major police operation in Watertown, about 4 miles from Boston, came after a campus police officer was fatally shot at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge Thursday night and then a carjacking was reported in that area. Earlier, it was believed the two suspects had attempted to rob a convenience store in the area.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said the two suspects are believed to have shot the MIT campus police officer dead in Cambridge, stole an SUV and got into a firefight with pursuing police in Watertown, where the suspects fired upon and threw explosive devices at police.

A spokesman for the MBTA said that a transit officer had been shot and was in serious condition.

Hundreds of police descended on that area of Watertown. Witnesses in Watertown said they heard explosions. Police officers were screaming about improvised explosive devices. Bomb squads were brought in.

A video believed to be of the shootout was posted on YouTube by Jess Ica. That video is above.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said a man believed to be suspect No. 1, in the black hat in the Boston Marathon photos, was pronounced dead at the hospital later. Suspect No. 2, seen in the white hats in the surveillance photos, managed to escape from police and was on the loose.

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Boston Police Dept. released this new photo of the Boston Marathon suspect still on the loose today after his colleague was shot and killed in a firefight with police. This is the same suspect as the one seen in the white hat in earlier surveillance camera photos.

At Arsenal Court and Arsenal Street in Watertown, an officer bellowed: “Ya gotta get outta here. There’s an active shooter here with an active explosive. Go!”

According to MIT’s official Twitter account, gunshots were reported near building 32 on the school’s campus around 10:48 p.m. Thursday.

The MIT campus police officer was responding to a report of a disturbance in the area of Vasser Street and Main Street when he was shot. The victim was taken to Mass. General Hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities said when they arrived at the scene the officer appeared to have been shot multiple times.

A carjacking in the area was later reported, and police pursued the vehicle. Then minutes later, police surrounded an area in nearby Watertown, Mass.  Shots and explosives were reported.

But it was unclear if the man was a suspect in the campus police killing, the carjacking or something else. There was no reported link to the Boston Marathon bombings investigation, but ATF agents and FBI agents were reported to be on the scene in Watertown.

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The FBI released this new photo of the two suspects late Thursday night. The one on the left is still being sought. The one on the right, in the black hat, was shot and killed by police Thursday night.

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BOSTON (CNN)– The FBI on Thursday released photos and video of two men it called suspects in the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon and pleaded for public help in identifying them.

The two men were photographed walking together near the finish line of the marathon before the explosions that killed three people and wounded about 180. One of the two men was seen setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion, said Special Agent Rick DesLauriers, the head of the FBI’s Boston office.

DesLauriers said the men should be considered armed and “extremely dangerous.”

The announcement capped a day in which President Barack Obama brought a mixture of reassurance and defiance to an interfaith memorial service in the city’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Whoever planted the bombs “picked the wrong city” to attack, he said.

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“Every one of us stands with you,” Obama told the crowd. “Boston may be your hometown — but we claim it, too. … For millions of us, what happened on Monday is personal.”

Addressing the still-unknown perpetrators, Obama added, “Yes, we will find you. And yes, you will face justice. We will hold you accountable.” And he looked ahead to next year’s race, predicting that “the world will return to this great American city to run even harder and to cheer even louder for the 118th Boston Marathon. Bet on it.”

Among the crowd of about 2,000 were first lady Michelle Obama; the president’s Republican challenger last November, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; the state’s current governor, Deval Patrick; and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. During an interlude, attendees were soothed by a performance by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Menino praised each of the three bystanders who were killed in the blasts — Martin Richard, described as a “young boy with a big heart”; Krystle Campbell, whose spirit “brought her to the marathon year after year”; and Lingzu Lu, who “came to the city in search of an education.”

The audience also included scores of police officers and other first responders. Crowds erupted in cheers as the cathedral emptied out at the end of the service, while others sang the national anthem.

Obama later stopped at a high school to thank a group of first responders and volunteers, and the first lady met with patients, families and hospital staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the White House said.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, investigators were combing through surveillance video dating to at least a week before the bombings to try to identify anyone who walked the finish-line route before the race, said a source who receives regular updates on the investigation.

The One Fund Boston: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino established this fund after the attack if you wish to donate to the victims of the bombings. Visit onefundboston.org to contribute.

RunnersWENATCHEE, Wash. — Days after two bombs struck the finish line of the iconic Boston Marathon, Washington runners are gearing up to run a 2014 Boston Marathon qualifying race in Wenatchee, Wash.

The 2013 Wenatchee Marathon will start at 6:30 a.m. Saturday in Wenatchee. It is a USATF certified Marathon, making it a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. The race is described as a “Great Boston qualifier” that features a “gorgeous” course running along the Columbia River.

Runners interested in the Boston Marathon must run a separate race on or after Sept 22, 2012 in a certain time to qualify. Here is a list of qualifying times for those interested in running the East Coast race.

Age Men Women
18-34 3:05 3:35
35-39 3:10 3:40
40-44 3:15 3:45
45-49 3:25 3:55
50-54 3:30 4:00
55-59 3:40 4:10
60-64 3:55 4:25
65-69 4:10 4:40
70-74 4:25 4:55
75-79 4:40 5:10
80+ 4:55 5:25
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