Marathon bombing suspect was no stranger to neighborhood where he was slain

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WATERTOWN – When Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shoot-out with police, the Marathon bombing suspect and his younger brother were making their last stand in a neighborhood Tamerlan knew very well.

On at least a dozen occasions, Tamerlan had visited a home on Boylston Street, just a few blocks from the scene of his violent death, to meet with friends who knew him as a free-wheeling Muslim who danced to hip hop music, smoked marijuana and kept a prayer rug in the trunk of his car.

During an exclusive interview with the Globe, Sebastian Freddura, one of Tamerlan’s oldest friends, provided new information that helps explain the connection between the Tsarnaev brothers and the neighborhood where Tamerlan was killed and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured.

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