Boston bombings suspects and family received welfare

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BOSTON, MA – It’s a new day in Boston as Boyle Street opened for the first time since the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. Orange cones still mark the site of the first deadly blast where crews work to fix the sidewalk.

It also brought Vice President Joe Biden to town for the memorial services for Sean Collier, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer killed as he sat in his car.

The new day brings new information about the Brothers Tsarnaev, particularly about 26-year-old Tamerlan who died after a raging gunfight with police.

Reports say Tamerlan was on the National Counter-Terrorism Center’s highly classified database of potential terrorists.

That list is known as TIDE, the ‘Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment’ list. As of 2008, it contained names of more than 400,000 potential terrorists around the world.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev made the list after the Russians tipped off the FBI in 2011 that he had may have been a follower of radical Islamists.

There is also a report that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife and child received welfare benefits from the state of Massachusetts.

A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services says those benefits ended last year. But, apparently this was not the first time Massachusetts taxpayers helped support the Tsarnaev family.

Records show the entire family, the parents and the brothers, received some level of public assistance when the brothers were younger.

And in yet another irony, no one has come forward to claim the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The most wanted man in America just a few days ago, now lies unwanted in the city morgue.

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