Tim Kelleher, a wrestling coach for a Boston school that competed in 2010 against Dzhokhar’s team, said the young man was a good wrestler, and that he’d never heard him express any political opinions.
“He was a tough, solid kid, just quiet,” said Kelleher, now a Boston public school teacher.
Deana Beaulieu, a 20-year-old student at Bunker Hill Community College who lives two blocks away from the suspects’ home on Norfolk Street, said she went to high school with Dzhokhar and was friendly with his sister. She hadn’t seen him since they graduated in 2011.
Speaking on the corner of Norfolk Street, she said she first met the younger brother in 2006 when she started seventh grade at the Cambridge Community Charter School and visited the family at their second-floor apartment that year. She recalled meeting the parents there.
“He was just a quiet kid,” Beaulieu said of Dzhokhar, noting that she doesn’t recall his ever expressing any political views. “I thought he was going to branch off to college, and now this is what he’s done. ... I don’t understand what the hell happened, what set him off like this.”
Dzhokhar appeared in the video released by authorities on Thursday, identified as Suspect No. 2, striding down a sidewalk, unnoticed by spectators who were absorbed in the race. He followed Tamerlan by about 10 feet. He wore what appeared to be a gray hoodie under a dark jacket and pants, and a white baseball cap facing backward and pulled down haphazardly.
Tamerlan was wearing khaki pants, a light T-shirt and a dark jacket. The brim of his baseball cap faced forward, and he may have been wearing sunglasses.
According to the website spotcrime.com, Tamerlan was arrested for domestic violence in July 2009, after assaulting his girlfriend. That report could not be immediately confirmed.