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Old photo essay by a BU student offers a glimpse into the life of Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Posted by Your Town  April 24, 2013 02:25 PM

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A photo essay featuring Tamerlan Tsarnaev that appeared in a BU graduate student magazine in 2010 offers a glimpse into the life of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died last week.

The essay, “Will Box for Passport: An Olympic Drive to Become a United States Citizen,” tells the story of Tsarnaev’s boxing career through a series of photos and captions.

To view the complete photo essay, click here. The photos and captions appear after page 16.

According to the essay in “The Comment,” BU’s graduate student magazine for the college of communications, Tsarnaev said that although he had lived in the US for five years he had not become friends with any Americans.

“I don’t have a single American friend,” he told The Comment. “I don’t understand them.”

The essay says that Tsarnaev, who was an aspiring engineer, took a semester off from college to train for a boxing competition.

“Tsarnaev’s family fled Chechnya in the early 1990s because of the conflict there. He lived in Kazakhstan before coming to the United States as a refugee,” the essay says. “In the absence of an independent Chechnya, Tsarnaev says he would rather compete for the U.S. than for Russia.”

He also told The Comment that as a practicing Muslim, he did not drink or smoke.

“God said no alcohol,” he said.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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