Bloomberg news reports that the 29-year old who lost both legs, Jeff Bauman, saw the killer just before the bomb went off. The now deceased killer looked straight at him and dropped the bag with the bomb anyway.
Mr. Bauman helped ID the suspects.
Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.
Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.
Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeff’s legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.
“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’” Chris Bauman said yesterday in an interview…
It may have helped break the case!
Jeff Bauman’s father learned of his son’s grievous injuries from watching this scene on TV.
Meanwhile Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the suspects, said the actions of his nephews had nothing to do with Chechnya and they weren’t even born in Chechnya. He heatedly demanded his nephew turn himself in and beg forgiveness. He said these boys put shame on the entire ethnicity and his family. He apologized to the victims.
Dzhokhar was allegedly a third year medical student at UMass Dartmouth and that school is now in lockdown. Students at the school found it hard to believe he was capable of such evil. It shows that one never knows what goes on in a person’s mind.[boston.com]
Dzhokhar allegedly came into the US with his parents when he was about nine-years of age according to the WSJ.
The older brother came over around 2004 and might have been the leader.
They are reportedly Christians but a a Facebook page with Dzhokhar’s name has a banner calling for Chechen independence and is linked to Islamist websites. It is not known if this is the same person.
Reportedly the brothers had a youtube channel with videos in the US and Russia which praise al Qaeda and call for the killing of Christians, Jews, and all infidels. They are very bloody and vicious. Most were posted by the older brother but the brother on the run posted four. The postings began about three years ago. The videos identify them as Jihadists.
The younger brother never traveled abroad and appears to have been radicalized here. The older brother might have left the country last year.
Some of these terrorists are radicalized online and that could be the case here. The family spent time in Asia and it is not yet known what his experiences were like there.
There are two sisters In the family. The deceased older brother might have a child.
The terrorist may have hijacked another vehicle and could be in Connecticut. Back in Watertown, police have completed 70% of the door-to-door searches.