Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended MassBay Community College, victim's alma mater
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died Friday after a gunfight with police, briefly attended Massachusetts Bay Community College in the spring of 2008 -- three years after a victim of the attacks graduated from the same school, the Wellesley-based college said Saturday.
Tsarnaev was enrolled in two evening classes, withdrawing after three weeks, according to a press release from the college, which informed the FBI of his enrollment "as the day unfolded" Friday.
The two faculty members who taught those classes were also called and informed, the college said.
Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, who was one of three people killed in the bombing attacks Monday, graduated from MassBay in 2005. The college plans to hold a ceremony remembering her on Monday at 2:30 p.m., one week after two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
"The irony that both a victim and a suspected perpetrator of this heinous crime attended our College is not lost on us," said the statement from MassBay president John O'Donnell. "It is a stark reminder that both good and evil are part of our everyday lives, everywhere."
After the bombing suspects' names were released Friday morning, college officials checked their records and found that Tsarnaev had attended the school, said MassBay spokesman Jeremy Solomon.
"In the coming days, weeks, and months, we continue to mourn the loss of one of our graduates, marvel at the courage and expertise of our first responders and law enforcement agents, and pray for the healing of all the victims of this tragedy and their families," O'Donnell said.
Early Friday morning, according to the statement, the college decided to close the college because of the evolving manhunt for 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev's brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar, who was captured by police Friday night.
"Our College is open today," O'Donnell said. "On Monday at the Wellesley Hills campus and on Tuesday at the Framingham campus, at 2:30 pm, we will gather as a College community to mourn, to heal, and to search for hope."
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