As Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains on the lam amid a massive manhunt, a few fake online profiles of the 19-year-old have made the rounds. But this one seems to be the real deal—and what at first glance appear to be the musings of an average teenager have now taken on a chilling subtext.
A cached profile photo of the handle @J_tsar matches images released by law-enforcement officials, and classmates on Twitter use it when they reference Tsarnaev. Other classmates confirmed to BuzzFeed that the profile is legitimate. People who knew Dzhokhar say he went by Jahar because it was easier to pronounce.
As such, as there are a few tweets that have taken on an ominous new light. Namely, this Jay-Z lyric, sent the day of the bombing, urging his followers to stay safe.
Ain't no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 16, 2013
And this, the morning of the bombing:
There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don't hear them cuz they're the minority— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 16, 2013
The supposed suspect continued to tweet in the days following the bombing, including debunking this story:
@imrealted fake story— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 16, 2013
His lastl tweet, on April 17:
I'm a stress free kind of guy— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 17, 2013
On the whole, however, it reads like the account of an ordinary 19-year-old kid. Maybe a little angsty:
Death is the destroyer of all pleasures— Jahar (@J_tsar) March 6, 2013
He does make a 9/11 joke:
"September 10th baby, you know what tomorrow is. Party at my house!" #thingsyoudontyellwhenenteringaroom— Jahar (@J_tsar) March 14, 2013
About which he seems to be a truther.
But mostly he tweets about being lazy, racing cars, and hanging out. He seems to be a fan of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Sons of Anarchy. He writes about Nutella, Hot Pockets, and cereal, and tweets lyrics from Kanye, Eminem and the musical Rent.
No class for two hours? Is that a nap I feel coming on #hellyeaa— Jahar (@J_tsar) March 6, 2013
I'm honestly too lazy to eat the things I like, a pomegranate for example takes too much effort— Jahar (@J_tsar) January 6, 2013
I feel kind of clever at night by putting my alarm far from my bed but I really hate myself in the morning for it— Jahar (@J_tsar) December 13, 2012
Gain knowledge, get women, acquire currency #livestrong— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 11, 2013
I am the best beer pong player in Cambridge. I am the #truth— Jahar (@J_tsar) August 22, 2012
tired from a day of chilling, life needs to always be this easy— Jahar (@J_tsar) July 7, 2012
He talks about smoking, once at the Boston Marathon.
@therealabdul_ boston marathon isn't a good place to smoke tho— Jahar (@J_tsar) August 10, 2012
just threw away 8 lighters out of my car #shitcray— Jahar (@J_tsar) July 30, 2012
too high to go out? #girlscan'thandletheirsmoke ahaha i think i'll just relax my eyes for a couple mins too— Jahar (@J_tsar) May 4, 2012
He also tweeted about missing Chechnya:
proud to be from #chechnya— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 29, 2012
On Twitter, acquaintances expressed shock that he could be the bomber:
such conflicting feelings right now. my sweet, funnyfriend from highschool as a marathon bomber suspect? #tellmehowtofeel— maiaaaa (@go_maia) April 19, 2013
@earv_gotit Idk brain wash I guess I feel like he was to smart to do some stupid shot like this— March 28(@ChubbyBlanco) April 19, 2013
I never would have thought that someone that smoked as much weed as Jahar would be on the News for terrorism.— mac (@ChinksMcGee) April 19, 2013