Lowell Sun ’04: Deceased Bombing Suspect Was Amateur Boxer

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I’m not even going to try to post breaking news this morning, but I did want to share archival stories shared by Lowell Sun reporter Robert Mills. A 2004 article profiled deceased bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsnarnaev. Reporter Carmine Frongillio wrote,

“Tsarnaev, 17, grew up in Grozny, Chechnya, the capital city of the Cechen Republic. Much of Grozny was destroyed during the Russia-Chechen conflict, and Tsarnaev and his family moved to the United States five months ago in hopes of starting a new life.

While learning to adapt to his new culture, Tsarnaev, a sophomore at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, decided to begin training at the Somerville Boxing Club.

Tsarnaev’s father, Anzor, boxed in Russia, where he won an amateur championship. He may be living in a new land, but based on his first showing in Lowell, Tsarnaev is certainly talented enough to follow in his father’s footsteps.”

Chillingly, the article quotes him: “I like the USA,” said Tsarnaev. “America has a lot of jobs. That’s something Russia doesn’t have. You have a chance to make money here if you are willing to work.”

Robert Mills shared two other Sun stories that mentioned Tsnarnaev. He participated in the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in May 2010 and a Southern New England title bout in February 2010.

ht @Robert_Mills and @Boston_to_a_T