Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was born in 1994, the year of the first Chechan uprising against Russia. He may have been named after Dzhokhar Dudayev, the first president of Chechnya and Chechen leader who fought against Russians during that war.
WBZ-TV is broadcasting an interview in person in Maryland another man they are identifying as another uncle of the suspects, Alvi Tsarni, said he saw the surveillance photos released by the FBI yesterday but did not recognize his nephews.
Broadcaster Robin Young of the WBUR program "Here & Now" has tweeted that she knows bombing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of her nephew's best friends. "Heart is broken," she tweeted. Her nephew "never in his life saw this."
MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing claims that his son who is still on the loose is a smart and accomplished young man.
Anzor Tsarnaev spoke with The Associated Press by telephone from the Russian city of Makhachkala on Friday after police said one of his sons, 26-year-old Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout and the other, Dzhokhar, was being intensely pursued.
"My son is a true angel," the elder Tsarnaev said. "Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here."