One of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing was a boxer who aspired to compete for the United States in the Olympics, according to a photo gallery on the Photoshelter.com website of Johannes Hirn.
The gallery, which was made private Friday after its contents were widely publicized, was called “Will Box For Passport,” and it contained 15 images with captions that detail Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s interest in combat sports. There is no date on the gallery. One photo indicates it was taken at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center in Boston.
According to the Associated Press, Tsarnaev died after a shootout with police early Friday morning in Watertown.
One photo caption says Tsarnaev, 26, said he was from Chechnya and has lived in the United States for five years.
The caption on the second photo quotes Tsarnaev as saying “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”
The gallery also says he was a student at Bunker Hill Community College, and that he was to represent New England at the National Golden Gloves competition.
According to the National Golden Gloves official web site, Tsarnaev competed in the 2009 National Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City in the 201-pound division.
The Lowell Sun reported Friday that Tsarnaev also boxed in a Lowell Golden Gloves event.
Another photo caption, of a shirtless Tsarnaev sparring with an unnamed female, says he is “very religious.”
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