Stylish: suspect ‘disguised intense hatred for U.S.’

2013-04-21 00:00

IN what is probably one of the better profiles of Boston bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Daily Telegraph has painted a picture of an “unremarkable young resident” of a Boston suburb.

He reportedly drove around in a silver Mercedes, wearing stylish jeans and loafers, sporting aviator glasses, “disguising an intense loathing for the U.S.”

Among his favourite songs was I will dedicate my life to Jihad, the Telegraph reported.

A deeply religious Muslim and teetotal, Tamerlan saw sin all around him in the liberal north-east. “There are no values any more,” he once said. “People can’t control themselves.”

After five years in the U.S. and still living with his parents, he told a student interviewing him for a university project in 2011: “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.”

It is alleged that on YouTube, he endorsed a video that praised Islamic martyrs as being “alive with their Lord”, and another in which a preacher railed against the Harry Potter films as “promoting evil” among Muslim children.

A good boxer, he aspired to one day represent the U.S. in boxing at the Olympics.

The Telegraph said he was arrested for assault and battery after a complaint of domestic violence against his girlfriend in 2009. His aunt Maret Tsarnaev told reporters Tamerlan was his father’s favourite son, had begun praying five times a day around two years ago.

The Boston Globe reported that after several years of training elsewhere, he returned to the Wai Kru gym recently, where he started disrespecting staff.

“It was a clear indication that something was up,” said John ­Allan, the gym’s owner. “It was completely out of place for him.”

Also reportedly out of character was a telephone call Tamerlan made hours before his death, to an uncle in Maryland with whom he had fallen out due to family disputes.

Greeting his uncle Alvi Tsarnaev, he reportedly added: “I love you and forgive me”.

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