Investigators probe slain bomber suspect’s involvement in murder of close friend, two Jews

Tamerlan Tsarnaev
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In a story that’s not getting much play in the American media, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz is reporting that police are investigating whether slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was involved in the unsolved murders of his close friend and two Jewish men in 2011.

Tsarnaev’s close friend, Brendan Mess, was found murdered in an apartment in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 12, 2011, along with Erik Weissman and Raphael Teken.

Haaretz reported that Teken had majored in history at predominantly Jewish Brandeis University and Weissman was a devoted member of his synagogue, according to WCVB in Boston.

Police originally considered the triple murder to be drug-related because the bodies were found covered with marijuana. All three victims’ throats were slashed.

As Haaretz reports:

A Boston Globe profile of the Tsarnaev brothers first made the possible connection to the triple murder.

BuzzFeed spoke with a man named Ray, who now believes that Tsarnaev could have played a role in the unsolved crime.

“Tam wasn’t there at the memorial service, he wasn’t at the funeral, he wasn’t around at all,” Ray told BuzzFeed. “And he was really close with Brendan. That’s why it’s so weird when he said, ‘I don’t have any American friends.’”

Tom Tillison

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