He attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, university officials said yesterday.
The school would not say what he was studying. The father of the suspects, Anzor Tsaraev, told the AP his younger son was “a second-year medical student,” though he graduated high school in 2011.
“My son is a true angel,” he said by telephone from the Russian city of Makhachkala. “... He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.”
Dzhokhar’s page on the Russian social networking site Vkontakte says that before moving to the United States, he attended School No. 1 in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic in Russia’s North Caucasus that has become an epicenter of the Islamic insurgency that spilled over from Chechnya. On the site, he describes himself as speaking Chechen as well as English and Russian. His world view is described as “Islam” and he says his personal goal is “career and money.”
Florida Addy, 19, of Lynn, said she lived in the same college dorm with Dzhokhar this year and was on the same floor last year. She called him “drug” (pronounced droog), the Russian word for friend, a word he taught her.
Addy said she saw Dzhokhar last week, when she bummed a cigarette from him. They would occasionally hang out in his room or at the New Bedford apartment of Russian students he knew. He generally wore a hoodie or a white T-shirt and sweatpants, and spent a lot of his time with other kids from Russia.
She described him as down to earth and friendly, even a little mysterious, but in a charming way. She had just learned that he had a girlfriend, who did not attend the university.
“He was nice. He was cool. I’m just in shock,” she said.