By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
Updated 12:27 p.m.
LINCOLN – The Chechen man and Boston bombing suspect that police are searching for received a $2,500 scholarship from the city of Cambridge to pursue higher education.
Authorities have locked down Boston as they search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. A second suspect, his brother Tamerlan, is dead.
He was one of about 45 Cambridge high school students who was awarded a scholarship from the city of Cambridge in 2011.
He attended the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School and was named to the Greater Boston League Winter All Stars List in 2011 for wrestling. The school is described as a comprehensive high school divided into four Learning Communities designed to promote high levels of learning and achievement for all students.
Tsarnaev also apparently attended UMass Dartmouth, where he participated in a summer reading project and posted this comment on the blog about a Malcolm Gladwell book.
A man named Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also signed this petition asking Cambridge authorities to allow keeping chickens and ducks in backyards.
The older brother Tamerlan was an amateur boxer who represented New England in the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to a Photoshelter.com photo gallery entitled “Will Box for Passport” by Johannes Hirn.
Tamerlan studied at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, wanted to be an engineer and hoped he might be selected for the U.S. Olympic team and “be naturalized American,” according to the photo essay. He said unless his native Chechnya became independent, he’d rather compete for the United States than for Russia. He said he fled Chechnya with his family because of the conflict in the early 1990s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before coming to the United States as a refugee.
He says in other captions that he doesn’t drink or smoke and is very religious and Muslim.
“God said no alcohol,” he is quoted as saying. “There are no values anymore… people can’t control themselves.”
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