As the remaining Boston Marathon suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, lies in a Boston hospital Saturday after finally being arrested Friday night, a nation searches for answers.
Why did these two young, seemingly successful brothers who had once embraced American life enough to become citizens evolve into the alleged terrorists who destroyed lives and shook a nation?
Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a previous confrontation with police, are from Chechnya. They came to the United States and it seemed like they really wanted to succeed here.
They even became American citizens, one of them as recently as last year, a fact that many are taking note of as the investigation into their horrifying crime proceeds.
One of the younger Tsarnaev’s high school classmates told USA Today that she was in complete shock after hearing the news that he and his brother were responsible for the terrorism that happened at the Boston Marathon.
“He was a very studious person,” said Rose Schutzberg, 19, who said the two graduated high school together last year. “He was really popular. He wrestled. People loved him.”
As previously reported, Tsarnaev, 19, was finally discovered by a Watertown, Mass. resident, who had gone out to check his boat after police lifted the curfew imposed on residents while they searched for the suspect.
Saturday, Tsarnaev was listed in serious condition at a Boston Hospital.
Officials said Friday that a special interrogation team, trained to deal with “high-value” suspects, would interview him without reading his Miranda rights. This, they said, is legal because it is a “rare public safety exception” that allows them to protect the public (and police) from immediate danger.
It’s possible that the Tsarnaevs weren’t working alone.
Two hours after Gov. Deval Patrick ended his lockdown and exhaustive search of the Boston area, the suspect was arrested and an impromptu parade burst from the crowd as they cheered and applauded police and officials.
Now, we need answers. And don’t blame it on their ethnic background, says one very patriotic U.S. Naturalized citizen.
The Crime Examiner spoke to Johanna Nunez Miranda, a Naturalized American citizen who was born in Nicaragua.
Miranda said that she was offended by a remark made by Anderson Cooper regarding the event.
“Something along the lines that Naturalized Citizens have a propensity to become extremists and join these anti-American terrorist cells,” she said. “It really shocked me to hear that from him and I hope that I misunderstood him.
She said that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said that “we should not politicize the events which I felt was the wisest thing anyone had said all day.”
Miranda said that she hopes the media doesn’t play the “naturalized citizen card.”
“Shame on you Anderson Cooper and CNN,” Miranda said. “As a Naturalized American Citizen, I take my Oath and Allegiance to The United States of America very seriously. If we are going to play the blame game, let’s direct it properly, on these heartless, soulless individuals.”
And though many Americans are quick to point fingers, Miranda stressed that it’s not about where you come from, but who you are. It’s all about who you choose to be, she sad
“Do not blame Muslims, or Russians, immigrants (legal or illegal) or anyone else other than the men who carried out this atrocious act,” Miranda said.
“The Boston Marathon bombings shook the nation. With one suspect killed and the other captured Friday night, there are far more questions than answers at this point,” writes Eric Lohr, chair of Russian history and culture at American University.
CBS reported Friday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev became a naturalized American citizen on Sept. 11, 2012, ironically.
“The important thing to keep in mind right now is that 26-year-old Tamarlan Tsarnaev had a green card, and 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev became a naturalized U.S. citizen in September 2012,” Lohr continues. “Assuming that their motives are related to their Chechen origins would be like assuming that Timothy McVeigh’s motives were related to his Scottish/Irish origins.”
Even Tsarnaev’s sister, Alina, says she feels sorry for the victims, as well as his uncle and father.
If you were a victim of the Boston bombing, there is help available through the FBI.
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