Link to 2011 Murders for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dead Boston Bombing Suspect, Pursued

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 08:46 AM

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A possible connection between dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a triple homicide back in 2011 continues to be investigated, said a spokeswoman for prosecutors.

Authorities want to know whether the 26-year-old Tsarnaev, identified by the FBI as one of two brothers suspected in the Boston blasts, had anything to do with the unsolved killings of three men in suburban Boston in September 2011, according to Reuters.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a close friend of one of three men who were stabbed in the neck in an apartment in Waltham, Mass.

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At the time, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office said it appeared that the victims knew their assailant or assailants and that the attacks were not random.

Tsarnaev's potential connection to the case surfaced after the website Buzzfeed.com reported that some of his former associates suspect he may have been involved in the murder.

"We are definitely going to pursue any new leads," said Stephanie Guyotte, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney's office. She said it was fair to say that investigators will check to see if Tsarnaev had anything to do with the crime.

Authorities said the 2011 triple homicide happened at the apartment of Brendan Mess, one of the victims. Tsarnaev and Mess worked out together at a gym and Tsarnaev once introduced Mess to the gym owner as his best friend, according to the Boston Globe newspaper.

Middlesex County in Massachusetts also includes Cambridge, where Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus policeman on Thursday night before a gun battle with police in Watertown, also part of the county.

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It does not include Boston, where investigators believe the brothers carried out last Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 170. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, lay in a Boston hospital under armed guard on Tuesday following his capture by police in Watertown on Friday night. He was unable to speak because of throat injuries sustained during shoot-outs with police.

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