On April 15, 2013, a party that was supposed to be a happy time was terrible. The bombing at the Boston Marathon killed three people and hurt 281, and where the bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was 19 at the time, is now is still in the news.
Tsarnaev was born in Kyrgyzstan on July 22, 1993. When he was eight, he went to the United States with his family on a tourist visa and asked for political refuge. On September 11, 2012, he became an American citizen. A year after he started at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to study marine biology, he moved to nursing. According to an article in Rolling Stone, his classmates remember him as “a normal American kid.” They find it hard to think he could have done such horrible things less than a year later.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, director Floyd Russ (Zion, Malice at the Palace) and executive producer Tiller Russell (Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, Waco American Apocalypse) made a three-part series about the tense, scary days after the attacks. They put together a minute-by-minute account of the manhunt from thousands of hours of closed-circuit video, police radio, and cell phone footage, as American Manhunt told the full story of how the people of Boston came together in their darkest hour to reclaim their city and the men and women whose lives will never be the same. It gave historical background, expert insight, and emotional details from people who knew the bombers.
What Happened To Tamerlan Tsarnaev?
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was 26 years old, died during the search for him after the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Officer Sean Collier was killed on the MIT campus on April 18 by Tamerlan and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar as they tried to steal his gun.
Then, they stole a car, which the cops followed to Laurel Street in Watertown, a nearby suburb. There, the Tsarnaev brothers and the police had a shootout, which stopped when Tamerlan’s gun ran out of bullets and he ran at the officers. Tamerlan had already been shot several times, but he fought against being arrested as cops tried to pin him down and put handcuffs on him. But during that fight, Dzhokhar got behind the wheel of an SUV to get away. As he drove away, he ran over his brother and dragged his body for about 20 feet. Tamerlan was later declared dead at the hospital. He had been shot multiple times and hit in the head and torso with something hard.
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What Happened To Dzhokhar Tsarnaev After The Shootout?
Dzhokhar was found hiding one block away in a boat and under a tarp 18 hours after he left the shootout in an SUV. Dzhokhar was finally caught alive, even though the ship was filled with more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
Where Is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Today?
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty of 30 charges, including four counts of murder, almost two years after the bombing. He was given a death sentence and sent to a high-security prison in Colorado. But Tsarnaev appealed the sentence, saying that the jury was picked wrong and that some proof that could have shown Tamerlan to be more of the mastermind behind the attack was left out. In July 2020, three judges overturned the death sentence, saying that the original judge didn’t think about how much a Boston jury would be influenced by knowing about the bombing before the trial. Even though Tsarnaev would never be set free, he would not be put to death.
That was the case until March 2021, when the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to bring back the death sentence, and the court agreed. By a vote of 6-3, the Supreme Court reversed that decision a year later, putting Tsarnaev back on death row. The lawyer for Tsarnaev is still trying to get the decision changed.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is currently serving at a Colorado supermax prison called ADX Florence.
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