Boston Bomb Suspect Became a U.S. Citizen on 9/11 Last Year

PHOTO: Tamerlan Tsarnaev accepts the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell, Mass. FBI officials released this photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.PlayCourtesy The Sun of Lowell, Mass| FBI/AP Photo
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intro: The history of the two suspects in the bombing of the Boston Marathon includes some startling details, but none are more surprising than the revelation that they younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, became a U.S. citizen last year on 9/11, the anniversary of the worst terror attack in U.S. history.

Friends say the younger brother, a student at UMass-Dartmouth, was a "bit of a druggie" and tweeted after the bombings that "I'm a stress free kind of guy."

His older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, meanwhile, considered himself a "very religious" Muslim who liked the movie "Borat," played piano and had a 3-year-old daughter.

Here are some factoids about the brothers:

quicklist: 1 title: Tamerlan Tsarnaev text:

  • Age: 26
  • Originally identified by FBI as Suspect 1, black hat
  • Current status: Dead. Killed in overnight shootout.
  • Born: Kyrgyzstan, according to his uncle Ruslan Tsarni; of Chechen ethnicity
  • Family: has a 3-year-old daughter; father Anzor Tsarnaev lives in the semi-autonomous Russian province of Dagestan; two sisters, one lives in West New York, N.J.; other relatives in Maryland and Canada
  • Described as an outgoing person who was a champion boxer
  • New England boxing champion for two or three years in a row, former coach said
  • A "decent" pianist
  • Drove a Mercedes
  • Liked the movie "Borat"
  • Characterized as the extroverted brother by his former boxing coach
  • Self-described "very religious" Muslim boxer, he told photographer Johannes Hirn
  • Did not smoke or drink
  • Told photographer he usually did not take his shirt off so girls wouldn't get bad ideas

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quicklist: 2 title: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev text:

  • Age: 19 (DOB: 7/22/93)
  • Originally identified by FBI as Suspect 2, white hat
  • Current status: Wanted. Subject of a major dragnet that has effectively shut down Boston and surrounding cities.
  • Born: Kyrgyzstan, according to his uncle Ruslan Tsarni; of Chechen ethnicity
  • Family: father Anzor Tsarnaev lives in the semi-autonomous Russian province of Dagestan; two sisters, one lives in West New York, N.J.; other relatives in Maryland and Canada
  • Became a U.S. citizen on Sept. 11, 2012
  • Characterized as the introverted brother by his brother's former boxing coach
  • Went to Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School
  • Took acting classes and advanced placement courses
  • Star athlete with lots of friends in high school
  • Sophomore at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
  • Lived in the Pinedale residence hall
  • Played soccer every Monday with UMass-Dartmouth classmates
  • One teammate told ABC News that Dzhokar Tsarnaev was a "quiet guy" who was "a little bit of a druggie."
  • Was apparently active on Twitter on the account @J_tsar, which tweted "I'm a stress free kind of guy" on Wednesday

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