Authorities identified the MIT police officer killed Thursday night as Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, Mass. The MBTA Transit Police Officer shot during the gunfight with the suspects is Richard H. Donahue Jr., 33, of Boston. He is in serious condition.
The suspects went from being unknown for four days after the marathon bombings to the details of their lives being broadcast around the world on Friday.
Officials said the family once lived in the predominantly Muslin region of Russia before coming to the United States in 2002 as refugees from the violence in Chechnya between residents there seeking independence and Russia. The parents later returned to Russia but the brothers and a sister stayed in the U.S.
The dead older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was reportedly married and the father of a 3-year-old daughter. He wasa a part-time student for three semesters at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston from 2006 to 2008, and was known for his boxing and martial arts skills. An acquaintance said he competed in Golden Gloves competition and talked about qualifying for the Olympics. The Boston Globe said he also commented in a photo essay posted to a social network that he “loved the USA” but also remarked, ”I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.” His profile said he quit smoking and drinking because of his Muslim faith.
The younger brother on the loose, Dzhokhar, was a star student at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, graduating in 2011. He was also a high school wrestler, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen Sept. 11 of last year. Classmates who knew him in high school told the Boston Globe he was friendly but not close to anyone. Students who knew him at UMass-Dartmouth also said he tended to keep to himself and did not talk about his Russian background. His father, contacted by the Russian news agency Interfax, said he was a medical student. But UMass officials said he was studying marine biology.