Dead bombing suspect wanted to compete as US Olympic boxer

The older brother suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing was a boxer and former student at Bunker Hill Community College.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed after a bloody shootout Friday, was profiled in 2010 by The Comment magazine published by Boston University's College of Communication.

The article includes several pictures of Tsarnaev training as a boxer at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center in Boston, Mass.

The article quoted Tsarnaev saying he wanted to compete in the Olympics, and would “rather compete for the U.S than Russia" if he couldn't compete as a representative for an independent Chechnya.



The article says Tsarnaev is a Muslim who does not drink or smoke. “God said no alcohol,” he told The Comment.

Tamerlan attended Bunker Hill Community College the article said. College spokeswoman Patricia Brady confirmed that he studied in Fall 2006, Spring 2007, and Fall 2008 and that, although he said he wanted to be an engineer, he was in the school's accounting program.

Though he flirted with the idea of being an Olympian for the United States, he told The Comment that although he's lived in the United States for five years, “I don't have a single American friend. I don't understand them.”

His family, according to the article, left Chechnya in the 1990s. Tamerlan also lived in Kazakhstan before he came to the United States seeking refuge.

Photographs for the article were also posted on the website of author Johannes Hirn.



Reached over email, Hirn directed questions to Bancroft Media.

Tsarnaev’s brother is also suspected in the Boston bombings and remains at large.

Updated at 1:58 p.m.