BOSTON, MA – The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings will not be tried as an enemy combatant thanks to his status as a naturalized American citizen. But he could be put to death if convicted.
Feds charged him with using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.
19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev became a naturalized citizen on Sept. 11, 2011.
He may be the only person who knows what happened and why, but he is not talking. No, really, he is not talking. That’s because he is heavily sedated, answering questions every few hours. And then, only nodding or shaking his head.
Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan, who did not survive last week’s shoot out with cops, could have more blood on his hands. Boston prosecutors want to know if Tamerlan was connected to a triple-murder in a Boston suburb in 2011.
One of his close friends was a victim. Prosecutors are taking a second look because he didn’t attend the memorial service or the funeral.
Funeral services were held this morning for Krystle Campbell, one of three people killed during last Monday’s bombing. Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Chinese grad student, and 8-year-old Martin Richard also died when two bombs exploded at two-fifty Boston time.
Today at 2:50 pm, Boston and the surrounding area held a moment of silence, followed by a tolling of bells.
Boston residents and businesses tried to return to normal today, but it may be mid-week before investigators re-open the bombing site to the public.
And even then, normal will never be the same.