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MLB fans react to capture of second Boston Marathon bombing suspect (Video)

Mets-fanFans across Major League Baseball reacted to the capture of 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday night. Just before 9 p.m. EST, most news stations were reporting that Tsarnaev had been subdued and taken into custody. While most people expected authorities to eventually capture Tsarnaev, the fact that they were able to bring him in alive is a testament to the tremendous effort both local and federal law enforcement put forth.

As soon as word surfaced that the manhunt had ended, MLB teams began sharing the message with fans on their stadium scoreboards. A number of teams paid tribute to the city of Boston by playing “Sweet Caroline” while others chanted “USA! USA!” upon receiving the news.

The entire nation was able to breathe a collective sigh of relief on Friday night and feel a bit safer going to bed, but it’s important to remember that Tsarnaev’s capture does not change the fact that lives were lost. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating the end of the search and the prevention of further destruction, but the hope is that the entire nation will keep those who died in their thoughts.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly went to school, partied on Wednesday

Dzhokar TsarnaevAllegedly setting off bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday did not stop Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from going to school and partying on Wednesday, The Boston Globe reports.

Tsarnaev, who is in custody after being at-large for at least 15 hours, reportedly attempted to resume living his college life this week.

The Boston Globe says Tsarnaev went through a normal day at school Wednesday, working out at the gym and then sleeping in his dorm room that night. Card swipes reportedly showed he was on campus at UMass Dartmouth.

A student reportedly told The Globe that she saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at a party Wednesday night “that was attended by some of his friends with whom he played intramural soccer.”

Going to school? Sleeping in his dorm? Partying with friends? I’ve never been inside the mind of a terrorist, but that seems like an extremely odd sequence of events.

How can you go from setting off bombs that killed people to attending to school and partying like nothing happened? I suppose only the type of person who is cold enough to commit such acts of terror could do that.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrestling video posted to YouTube by friend

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrestlingWe told you early Friday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is believed to be the Boston Marathon bombing suspect at-large in Boston, was an all-star wrestler.

A friend of his whose YouTube user name is Shun Tsou, posted a video on YouTube Friday of Tsarnaev wrestling. He also added a sympathetic note for his friend.

“Rindge and Latin wrestling team, taking it easy over the summer,” the video’s description says.

“I remember Jahar, he was my friend and my teammate.”

Tsarnaev appears to be the guy in the green shirt, and it looks like he pins his opponent. Rindge and Latin is Dzhokhar’s high school — Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

Other friends and acquaintances remembered him well, describing him as “friendly,” “funny,” and part of the social community during various interviews.

H/T Deadspin

Bombing suspects’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni: ‘They do not deserve to live on this earth’

Dzhokhar-Tamerlan-TsarnaevAs the hunt for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — the second suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombings — continues, one member of the terrorists’ family has spoken out against them. Ruslan Tsarni, who says he is the uncle of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had an animated discussion with reporters on Friday morning.

“He deserved (to die),” Tsarni said of his nephew who was shot and killed by police. “He absolutely deserved this. They do not deserve to live on this earth.”

Tsarni made it clear that he had not spoken to his nephews in months and did not have a close relationship with them. It also sounded like he does not have much of a relationship with his brother, who is the father of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan. When asked what could have influenced them to become terrorists, Tsarni said they may have been “radicalized” and were “losers” who did not like that others were able to “settle” while they weren’t. He said his brother had “little influence” over them.

“They put a shame on the Tsarnaev family,” Tsarni said. “They put a shame on the entire Chechnyan ethnicity.”

While Tsarni said Dzhokhar and Tamerlan in no way represent their family as a whole, he emphatically offered support for those who have been affected by their actions and said he asks for their forgiveness.

“Those who suffered, I’m ready to band with them,” Tsarni said. “I’m ready to kneel in front of them and ask for forgiveness in the name of the entire family.”

While it’s easy to be angry at an entire family or an entire ethnicity when a tragic event like this takes place, the uncle of the terrorist suspects reminds us how difficult it must be for those who are associated with evil — even by default.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev an amateur boxer, Dzhokhar a wrestler?

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Tamerlan

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been identified as the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. The two are brothers from Chechnya, and they are believed to have been living in the US for at least 10 years. Tamerlan became a permanent legal resident in the US in 2007.

Tamerlan, 26, died in the Watertown shootout. Dzhokhar, 19, is on the run. Based on Google searches, it looks like the two have some sorts of an athletic background.

Tamerlan was photographed for a series titled “Will Box For Passport.” The photo captions tell a lot about Tsarnaev.

In one of the photos, he’s quoted as saying, “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”

Tamerland studied at Bunker Hill Community College and aspired to be an engineer, according to one of the photos. He moved from Chechnya to Kazakhstan and then the US.

According to a thread on BoxRec.com, Tsarnaev lost to Lamar Fenner of Chicago in a 2009 Golden Gloves fight.

From another photo: Tamerlan says he doesn’t usually take his shirt off so girls don’t get bad ideas: “I’m very religious.”

Another photo says he is Muslim and doesn’t drink or smoke. The photos say he did have a girlfriend who converted to Islam.

Dzhokhar appeared to have been on a Russian social media service that is similar to Facebook. A profile believed to be his was under the name “Djohar Tsarnaev.”

A Dzhokhar Tsarnaev won a $2,500 scholarship from the city of Cambridge in 2011. A Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was also listed as an all-star wrestler in 2011.

Here is what his VK profile looks like:

Djohar Tsarnaev VK