Tsarnaev Supected in 2011 Murder

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 4:  Tamerlan Tsamaev waits for a decision in the 201-pound division boxing match during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions May 4, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After a car chase and shoot out with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, that killed three people and wounded at least 170.  (Photo by Glenn DePriest/Getty Images)

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    Members of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s social circle found it odd when he did not attend the funeral of one of his closest friends, Brendan Mess, who was one of the victims of a gruesome triple murder in 2011. But now that the late Tsarnaev is one of the main suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, some of them wonder if his decision to skip his friend’s funeral was a sign that he was involved in the murder. “Tam wasn’t there at the memorial service, he wasn’t at the funeral, he wasn’t around at all,” said a mutual friend of Tsarnaev and Mess. “And he was really close with Brendan. That’s why it’s so weird when he said, ‘I don’t have any American friends.’ He was somebody who was in contact with Brendan on a daily basis.” Tsarnaev took his six-month trip to Russia—which is now being investigated—after Mess’s murder. Prosecutors are also reportedly investigating a link between the 2011 murder and Tsarnaev.

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