Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, ID'd as Dead Boston Blast Suspect

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by Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:
- Police identified Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, as the dead Boston bombing suspect
- Tamerlan studied at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston to become an engineer.
- He was a competitive boxer for a club named Team Lowell.

Police have identified Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, as the dead Boston bombing suspect. He was killed in a dramatic firefight with police in nearby Watertown, Mass.

A manhunt is underway for Tamerlan's brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.

The brothers had been living together on Norfolk Street in Cambridge. An uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., told The Associated Press that the men lived together near Boston and have been in the United States for about a decade. They came from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.

Tamerlan studied at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston to become an engineer. He was a competitive boxer for a club named Team Lowell and took a semester off from school to train for the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City, according to a photo essay titled "Will Box for Passport."

In 2010, Tamerlan beat Southern New England's Brian Daniels in the heavyweight title bout. Tsarnaev also received the prestigious Rocky Marciano Trophy given to the New England heavyweight champ, the Lowell Sun reported.

In the photo essay, Tamerlan says: "I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them."

According to the website spotcrime.com, Tamerlan was arrested for domestic violence in July 2009, after assaulting his girlfriend.

Contributing: Associated Press

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