Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev was born on October 21, 1986 in the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (now Kalmykia), a North Caucasus unit of Russia then in the Soviet Union. He was a permanent resident of the U.S. a Russian citizen and a Kyrgyz citizen.

After arriving in the U.S. in 2002, he attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, a public high school. He applied for admission at the University of Massachusetts Boston for the fall of 2006, but attended Bunker Hill Community College part-time for three terms instead, between 2006 and 2008, studying accounting with hopes of becoming an engineer. He took time out of school to concentrate on boxing.

Tamerlan became a devout Muslim and stopped drinking and smoking. He also started dating an American, Katherine Russell, from North Kingstown, Rhode Island, on and off while she attended Suffolk University from 2007 to 2010. She converted to Islam and started wearing a hijab in 2008.

An aspiring heavyweight boxer, Tamerlan trained at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center, a Boston club. In 2009–10, he was the New England Golden Gloves heavyweight champion winning the Rocky Marciano Trophy. In May 2009, he fought in the nationals in the 201-pound weight class, but lost a first-round decision.

According to a 2010 photo essay about him in The Comment, the graduate student magazine of Boston University's College of Communications, Tamerlan said that he was working to become a naturalized citizen in time to be selected for the U.S. Olympic boxing team. He added that he would "rather compete for the United States than for Russia.

In the spring of 2010, his girlfriend Katherine Russell became pregnant with Tsarnaev's child and dropped out of college in her senior year to marry Tsarnaev on June 21, 2010, in a 15-minute ceremony in an office at the Masjid Al Quran in the Dorchester area of Greater Boston Imam Taalib Mahdee said that he had not met the couple before the ceremony, and Katherine was the one who had called and asked to be married there.

Tamerlan is believed to have committed the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, and to have been responsible for killing an MIT Police officer and carjacking a driver on April 18. His brother is alleged to have been a partner in the crimes (NOT TRUE).

In the early hours of April 19, 2013, in Watertown, a suburb of Boston, Tamerlan was apprehended by police and shot multiple times. The exact sequence of events remains in confusion details.He was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where, despite efforts to revive him by emergency medical personnel, he was pronounced dead from several critical injuries, massive blood loss, and cardiac and respiratory arrest. Emergency room doctors said that he did not appear to have been run over.

Tamerlan's parents continue to proclaim his innocence. His mother is quoted as saying "America took my kids away from me ... I'm sure my kids were not involved in anything."[133] The imam of a prominent Boston mosque has condemned the violence and distanced itself from the suspects, refusing to give Tamerlan a Muslim burial. His body was released to the funeral service hired by the family at 5:30 p.m. EDT May 2, 2013, by the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. His death certificate gives cause of death as gunshot wounds to the torso and extremities, as well as blunt trauma to the head and torso. It confirmed that he was struck and dragged by a vehicle, in addition to being shot.

Tamerlan's body was moved to a funeral home in North Attleborough; after protesters picketed the building, it was handed over to a separate funeral home in Worcester. Officials in Boston, Cambridge, at a state prison, and in over 120 other U.S. and Canadian locations refused to allow Tamerlan's body to be buried in their jurisdictions. On May 9, Worcester police announced that Tamerlan's body had been buried in an undisclosed location. It was later revealed that Tsarnaev was buried in a small Muslim cemetery, Al-Barzakh Cemetery, in Doswell, Virginia. The burial was set in motion by a Richmond, Virginia woman, Martha Mullen, who said she was appalled by the protests at the funeral home, which she said "portrayed America at its worst" and wanted to find a way to end the impasse. She contacted Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, which agreed to provide an unmarked plot in their cemetery. The funeral agency released a statement saying "What Tsarnaev did is between him and God. We strongly disagree with his violent actions, but that does not release us from our obligation to return his body to the earth."[Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said the burial was legal. Locals, as well as the imam of the Virginia Islamic Centre condemned the secretive burial.