Suspect 2011 Triple Murder: Was Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Involved In Unsolved Murder?
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old Boston bombing suspect who was gunned down by police in a shootout on Friday, is now a suspect in a 2011 triple murder that was never solved.
In Sept. 2011, police officers in Waltham, Mass., found three men dead in an apartment. Identified as Brendan Mess, 25, Erik Weissman, 31 and Raphael Teken, 37, the three victims had been stabbed to death with a knife or ice pick, and their bodies were covered in marijuana. Police said they believed that two other men were in the apartment sometime before the murders, and there were no signs of forced entry, leading them to believe that the unknown visitors had known the three victims.
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Now, former friends of suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the suspected Tsaernaev brothers who died early last Friday in a battle with police, say he may have been involved in the unsolved triple homicide.
The Daily Mail reports that Tsarvaev was friends with Mess, and that the Chechen immigrant didn't attend Mess's funeral following the homicide. Former friends of Tsarvaev who knew him from the gym where he trained say they find it strange he didn't attend Mess' funeral.
A mutual friend of Tsarvaev and Mess spoke with Buzzfeed about his suspicions regarding the Boston bombing suspect and the 2011 unsolved triple murder.
"A few of my friends, without even speaking about it beforehand, have all been thinking" that Tsarnaev could have been connected to the 2011 unsolved murder, Ray told BuzzFeed (Ray asked to be identified only by his first name). Ray said he met Tsarnaev in 2010 and that he and his friends were on amicable terms with the suspected Boston bomber. Ray also said he didn't notice any signs that Tsarnaev adhered to any extreme religious views.
During his time in the U.S., Tsarnaev boxed competitively. John Allan, the owner of the gym where Tsarvaev trained, told the Boston Globe that Tsarnaev said Mess was his best friend, and that the two had been seen together at the gym.
From the Boston Globe:
Tamerlan, the eldest son, became an amateur boxer, emulating his father, who helped train him. Boxing as a heavyweight, he competed in the national Golden Gloves competition, said John Allan, owner of Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts in Allston, who remembered seeing him compete.
"He was the best boxer in Boston," said Allan. "He smoked all of the professionals."
"He was noticeable because he was very relaxed, very smooth." said Douglas A. Yoffe, the coach at the Harvard Boxing Club, who has seen Tamerlan box about half a dozen times over the past decade.
No suspects have been named in the triple murder from 2011, and police said the case is still open.
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