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Timeline: What Tamerlan and Dzhokhar were doing between 2006-2013
Reuters
Boston, April 23, 2013
First Published: 10:40 IST(23/4/2013)
Last Updated: 12:01 IST(23/4/2013)

Fall 2006
Tamerlan Tsarnaev enrolled as a part-time accounting student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. He took classes for only three semesters - fall 2006, spring 2007 and fall 2008. "He wasn't even close to getting a degree," said Patricia Brady, a spokeswoman for the college.

Around 2007
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enrolled in Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, a public school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that counts actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, poet EE Cummings and basketball star Patrick Ewing among its alumni.

May 2009
Tamerlan Tsarnaev competed in the Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions (an amateur boxing tournament in USA) in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lost his first bout.

July 2009
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was arrested after a woman identified as his girlfriend accused him of domestic abuse, a charge that was dismissed at a jury trial in 2010.

Sometime in 2009
Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the brothers, told CNN he first noticed a change in Tamerlan Tsarnaev's religious views in this time period. He said the radicalisation of his nephew happened "in the streets of Cambridge."

2009 or 2010
Tamerlan married Katherine Russell, whose family lives in an upper middle-class neighborhood in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Her father is licensed as an emergency room physician.

The couple have a child named Zahara.


2010
The Comment, the graduate student magazine of Boston University's College of Communications, ran a photo spread of Tamerlan Tsarnaev training at a boxing gym. He told the magazine "I don't have a single American friend. I don't understand them." He also said that he abstains from drinking and smoking: "God said no alcohol."

February 2010
Tamerlan Tsarnaev won the Rocky Marciano Trophy, an honor awarded to the heavyweight champion of New England.

Early 2011
Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, asked the FBI to investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev out of concern that he has embraced radical Islam and was going to travel to Russia to join unspecified radical groups. The FBI interviewed Tsarnaev and his family members and examined his travel and internet records.

Spring 2011
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev graduated from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. He was an all-star member of the wrestling team and won a $2,500 scholarship from the City of Cambridge. Friends and acquaintances remembered him as cheerful and wanting to fit in, "all-American kid in every measurable sense of the word."

Summer 2011
The FBI informed the FSB that it "did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign" in its investigation into Tamerlan Tsarnaev. A subsequent FBI request for more cooperation and clarifying information from the FSB went unanswered. Each of Tsarnaev's parents told Russian television networks that the suspected bomber believed he was under continued FBI surveillance.

September 2011
Three men, including one who was a close friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were fatally stabbed in the neck in an apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts. Authorities are investigating whether Tsarnaev had any connection to the unsolved triple homicide. At the time of the stabbings, the local district attorney's office said it appeared that the victims knew their assailants and that the attacks were not random.

Fall 2011
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev transferred to the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth from the University of Massachusetts Boston. His classmates remembered him as a friendly, pot-smoking student who took easy classes and got middling grades. He brushed off invitations to join the Muslim Student Association on campus.

January 2012
Tamerlan Tsarnaev departed the United States for Russia for a six-month visit. For at least a month in the summer, Tsarnaev helped his father renovate his first-floor apartment next door to a dental office in Makhachkala, a city in the Dagestan region on the Caspian Sea. It was unclear what else he did while he was in Russia, whether he traveled elsewhere and whether he met with any members of radical groups. "They say he was a fanatic. I didn't see that," a neighbor of Tsarnaev's father told Reuters.

September 2012
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sworn in as a naturalised US citizen. Tamerlan Tsarnaev applies for US citizenship. Because of the previous FBI inquiry into his activities and the prior domestic abuse complaint against him, Tsarnaev's application prompted "additional investigation." He was still under consideration for citizenship at the time of the April 15 bombing.

November 2012
Tamerlan Tsarnaev interrupted a sermon at the mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston to object to a preacher's call for Muslims to celebrate holidays like July 4th and Thanksgiving just like the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

January 18, 2013
Tamerlan Tsarnaev again interrupted a sermon at the same mosque to object to a preacher who called civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr a great person.

April 15, 2013
Two bombs go off at the crowded finish line of Boston's famous marathon race, killing three people and wounding at least 200. Ten of the injured lost limbs.


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