Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev: A Photo Timeline Of Their Lives


The bombing attacks on the Boston Marathon this past Monday precipitated a series of events most recently culminating in a citywide lockdown and pursuit of the surviving suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shootout with Boston Police early this morning, after allegedly robbing a 7-Eleven and murdering MIT campus police officer Sean Collier. The two brothers are currently the only suspects wanted in relation to the bombings, which killed three people and wounded around 200 more. Consult the PolicyMic live blog for real-time developments.

Beginning with the FBI’s revelation of surveillance photos depicting the suspects at the scene of the crime, numerous details have emerged concerning their personal backgrounds. Below is a chronological photo essay of what is known of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev thus far.

NOTE: This will likely be updated as more information comes out.

Early-mid 1990s (Dates TBD):

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- Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and family (other members unknown), flee war-torn Chechnya. They briefly settle in Kyrgyzstan.


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- The Tsarnaev brothers move to Massachusetts as refugees.

Early-mid 2000s:

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- Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attend Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

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- Tamerlan, a competitive amateur boxer, is made the subject of a photo essay by Johannes Hirn.

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- Tamerlan enrolls as a student at Bunker Hill Community College in Charleston, Mass.

Late 2000s:

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- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev graduates from high school.


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- Dzhokhar receives the competitive City of Cambridge scholarship, which provides “financial assistance to Cambridge residents who wish to pursue post secondary education.”

Early 2010s:

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- Dzhokhar enrolls as a student at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth.

September 11, 2012:

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- Dzhokhar officially becomes a U.S. citizen.

April 15, 2013:

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- Two bombs explode at the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon. Three people are killed, with 200 or so injured.

April 18, 2013:

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- The FBI releases surveillance photos of two male suspects wanted in relation to the attack.

April 19, 2013:

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- Tamerlan Tsarnaev is killed in a gun battle with police not long after allegedly robbing a 7-Eleven and killing MIT campus police officer Sean Collier. His brother Dzhokhar flees, and the two are subsequently identified as the two individuals identified in the surveillance video.

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- Social media pictures of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan emerge.