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Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty

Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev - Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect #2

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty by a federal jury of the Boston Marathon bombings that took place on April 15, 2013.  He orchestrated the bombings with his now dead brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev who died in the search and capture by authorities.

Over 250 people were injured and three died during the bombings. The defense tried to argue that Dzhokhar was under the influence of his brother.

In a bid to save Tsarnaev from a death sentence, defense attorney Judy Clarke has argued that Tsarnaev, then 19, fell under the influence of his radicalized brother. Tamerlan, 26, died when he was shot by police and run over by his brother during a chaotic getaway attempt days after the bombing.

“If not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened,” Clarke told the jury during closing arguments.

Prosecutors, however, portrayed the brothers — ethnic Chechens who moved to the U.S. from Russia more than a decade ago — as full partners in a plan to punish the U.S. for its wars in Muslim countries. Jihadist writings, lectures and videos were found on both their computers, though the defense argued that Tamerlan downloaded the material and sent it to his brother.

The next step will be the sentencing where the jury will decide if Tsarnaev should be executed or spend his life in prison.

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Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev – Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect #2

MIT Shootout Likely Tied to Boston Marathon Bombing: Suspect #1 Reportedly Dead, Suspect #2 on the Run

Social media photo of Suspect #2 Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev

Russian Social Media Page of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev

UPDATE 4: NBC News and AP reporting that the suspects are brothers and are Russian. The suspect at large according to the AP: Surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass NOT Sunil Tripathi.

MORE FROM AP ON SUSPECTS: Boston bomb suspects from Russia region near Chechnya, lived in US at least 1 year

AND MORE FROM @NBCNEWS: Boston suspects are brothers, aged 19 and 20, and legal permanent U.S. residents of Chechen origin, sources say

Universities closed: Universities in Boston area closed: Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Boston U., Emerson via @CNN

UPDATE 3: Skolnik now reporting (via scanner) that the suspect was not in the cab that police arrested three men and that the search for suspect #2 continues…

Police are reporting on the scanner that they have suspect #2 in custody: “We’ve got him, he’s in custody right now!” per @MichaelSkolnik. No confirmation yet.

DEVELOPING: NBC: Pete Williams: carjacking victim told authorities the carjackers identified themselves as the marathon bombers – via @NewsBreaker

UPDATE 2: Doctors at Beth Israel Hospital say that alleged suspect #1 that was brought to ER died from multiple gunshot wounds and what seemed to be like an explosion as well.

NBC reporting that suspect #2 is not Sunil Tripathi. More as this story continues to break… As reported earlier the names Sunil Tripathi and Mike Mulugeta were mentioned on the Boston Police scanner as suspects per several reports but never confirmed officially.

UPDATE: Boston Police via it’s twitter @Boston_Police releases new image of suspect #2 that looks as if it was taken at a gas station/7-Eleven.  “Believe this man to be a terrorist out to kill people!”  (see below)

Police scanner identified names per @NewsBreaker

Reports are tying the MIT shooting and bombing to the Boston Marathon bombings as well.  Explosions and multiple gun shots have killed at least one campus police officer. A car jacking also took place at a 7-Eleven where the officer was believed to have been shot. Explosives where thrown from the car during the chase.

Fox News is reporting that suspect #1 is dead. Suspect #2 is believed to be loose, armed, and on the run.


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That Man Who Crumbled to the Ground During the Boston Marathon Bombings is Bill Iffrig

That Man Who Crumbled to the Ground During the Boston Marathon Bombings is Bill Iffrig

That man who crumbled to the ground during the Boston Marathon bombings is Bill Iffrig and…..

…..he’s ok.

He got up off the ground, dusted himself off, and walked the remaining 20 feet to the finish line to finish the marathon in 4:03:47.

Yeah that’s an average time for the Boston Marathon except…..

…..Bill’s 78-years old or young and his time was the second best in his age division.

A race official came to check on him and helped him up.

Then, accompanied by the official, Iffrig walked the last 12 feet or so across the finish line.

“I ended up second in my division,” he said. “After you’ve run 26 miles you’re not going to stop there.” His timing chip marked his finish at 4 hours, 3 minutes, 47 seconds.

However, Bill was rattled as we all would have been in that situation:

“It was a close one though, boy. I’ll tell you, that scared me.”

Bill started running in the 70’s and hasn’t slowed down. In fact he’s very fast for his age. He know’s that he is not only fast but has outlived much of his competition as well.

“Not many old guys are as fast as me.”

He reminds me of my good friend, Dallas Smith, who is 72-years old and finished 4th in his age division on this tragic day.

It’s been a day full of bad news, stories, Tweets, and updates so it’s good to read something positive today.

I’m happy that Bill is ok. I’m even happy he got off the asphalt and walked the remaining 20 feet to the finish line.

He’s tough like everyone who ran Boston today and like all of the first responders and volunteers who did an amazing job under a lot of pressure.

Bill is lucky. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those that have been wounded and to the families of those that lost someone.

You can view a GIF of the explosion that knocked Bill down at the bottom of the page by clicking HERE. (I didn’t want to repost the video or GIF again on another page. I think we’ve all been traumatized enough by it today.)

UPDATE: The photo above of Bill is now on the cover of Sports Illustrated for this week. View the SI cover HERE.

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