CNN reporting a whole lot of detail about last night's battle with the two. Including that the brother killed was wearing explosives.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
I can't believe they haven't caught him yet.
If the kid was wounded in the shootout last night, he might already be dead. Then he would become a stink bomb. jk i joke to lighten mood. hahaha.
He has a handgun, thats all the police seem to know.
I'm leaning toward the opinion that he was influenced by older brother to do this horrific act.
Here's a few tidbits I've heard about the family so far....it might be true...and it might not.....
The family are political refugees and moved to the US over a decade ago.
The older brother recently returned last November from 6 month trip to Russia. It was his first trip back since fleeing. Nobody knows who he saw, where he went or what he did over there. But it is speculated that he was radicalized during that period. The uncle said he told him he had married and had a child since they had last seen each other. No word on their whereabouts. But I think the brothers were also sharing an apartment.
The family seems to have been estranged from each other for years. The uncle hadn't seen the boys since 2005. However, the older brother apparently called him Thursday night out of the blue and told him that he loved him, which shocked the uncle because he hadn't seen or heard from him in years. The uncle helped ID the brothers to the FBI after he recognized them on tv.
The father moved back to Chechen Russia a few years ago. Nobody knows his involvement but he seems indenial or lying.
The mother was recently busted for shoplifting over $1000 in clothes from Lord Taylor in Philidelphia(?) not sure what city, but it wasn't Boston. (coincidence: one of the bombs was planted in front of a Lord Taylor store) The family were not practicing Muslims, but the mother may have started attending a mosque about a year ago.
There are two sisters, one lives in New Jersey and the other in Canada. Neither of them had seen their brothers in years.
It looks to me like the family was estranged from each other. Without parental figures present, I can see why the younger brother probably looked up to his older brother. A boxing coach said he followed his older brother around like a puppy.
The younger brother seemed just like a normal American kid and well liked. Thats why I think this was mostly the older brothers doing. He seemed to have a chip on his shoulder which made him easy prey for radicalizing.