Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was not quite considered a serial killer, but more of a mass murderer. The world would be unfamiliar with this name if they heard it, but they’re familiar with the infamous crime he committed. The Boston marathon bombing. Why did he commit such a foul deed? How did he manage to execute the plan and succeed? There’s thoughts and questions forming as to what led up to this tragic event. But the real question is, who is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?
Tsarnaev was born on July 22, 1993. His family originally has a Chechen background. He lived with his family in Kyrgyzstan, Russia for a couple years, until they fled during the Chechen war in 1999. They then immigrated to America in 2002, which took three years with his parents Anzor Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, when he was around 8 years old. In 2007, the family was granted permanent residence in the United States legally, so they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. He had two sisters, Ailina and Bella Tsarnaev, and an older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tamerlan and his sisters stayed behind another year with their aunt and uncle before coming to the United States in 2003. Anzor was a backyard mechanic, and Zubeidat was a cosmetologist. Since his name was a little bit of a struggle to pronounce for some people after he moved, he went with the nickname “Jahar”, since his childhood and his high school life.
Dzhokhar went to elementary school at a Cambridge school and he was a very bright and optimistic student, and was told that amongst his friends and teachers as well. One of his teachers who taught him in 5th and 6th grade, Tracey Gorden, described him as “an exceptionally intelligent child who easily mastered English after arriving in the United States from Russia and was eager to learn whatever school had to offer." (Barber, paragraph 4). Not only was Dzhokhar adored by Gorden, but he was adored by all his peers and other teachers. He was a typical child, and you wouldn’t expect such a bright child to commit such a monstrous act in his older age. Jahar would do normal things like any other child. He would learn how to dance, he would help out his teachers with chores around the classroom, and he would be very polite and social to his peers.
As Dzhokhar went onto high school, he became known around school and participated in many events, activities, and sports. Although he wasn’t very popular, people were aware of who he was when mentioned by name. He went to a public high school by the name of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He was on the wrestling team similarly following his brother’s footsteps, who was a passionate and dedicated boxer. He also worked as a lifeguard at Harvard University, which was his only job at the time. Aside from excelling in school and participating in activities, Dzhokhar was the typical teenager. He would go out to parties and smoke marijuana with his friends. His friend, Jean Almodovar, recollected the...