Boston bombing suspects: What is known about the Tsarnaev family - FOX 13 News

Boston bombing suspects: What is known about the Tsarnaev family

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Marathon Bombing suspects were from Chechnya, but the President of that former Soviet Republican said Friday that the "roots of this evil" were formed in the America.

Investigators want to know if and how the two became radicalized.

Members of their own family appear deeply divided about the two brothers.

"He put a shame on our family, Tsarnaev family," Ruslan Tsarnaev said. "He put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity."

Even as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was still eluding the police dragnet, his uncle was angrily denouncing the University of Massachusetts pre-med student. The alleged terrorist's father, on the other hand, told reporters in Dagestan, in southern Russia, that his son was a "true angel."

Mourning the death of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his father claimed, "Somebody clearly framed them. I don't know who exactly framed, but they did. They framed them and they were so cowardly that they shot the boy dead. There are policemen like that!"

An aunt of the two suspects expressed similar sentiments during an interview in Toronto.

"This was a set up," said Maret Tsarnaev. "And it's not difficult in this country, in the world, with technology to set up anybody."

The older brother was reportedly interviewed by the FBI in 2011, at the request of an unidentified foreign government concerned about "extremist ties." Agents reportedly found no evidence of that, but advised the foreign government to keep an eye out for him.

A YouTube video appears to reflect what others said about Tamerlan Tsarnaev: that he recently became more devout as a Muslim, praying five times a day. On one website, he declared: "I don't have a single American friend. I don't understand them."

While sources differ on exact details, it appears the two brothers came to the US about 10 years ago. Their mother may have applied for and received political asylum. A violent Muslim insurgency in their native Chechnya was suppressed by the Russian Army. Members of their family may have been beaten by Russian agents.

Another key question for homeland security is: did the brothers have connections to a larger conspiracy, that might have planned additional attacks? From that perspective, they're grateful to have captured one of the suspects alive.

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