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Father Pleads Boston Bombing Suspect 2 At-Large to 'Surrender Peacefully'

( [email protected] ) Apr 19, 2013 12:48 PM EDT
The dad of two suspects of Boston Marathon bombing told ABC News from his home in Russia that his sons were “set up” but pleads for the 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to "surrender peacefully" as the city is locked down and massive police manhunt is underway for the heavily-armed suspect 2.
SWAT teams moved into position at the intersection of Nichols Avenue and Melendy Avenue in Watertown while searching for one of the two suspects. Aram Boghosian/Boston Globe via Getty Images

The dad of two suspects of Boston Marathon bombing told ABC News from his home in Russia that his sons were “set up” but pleads for the 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to "surrender peacefully" as the city is locked down and massive police manhunt is underway for the heavily-armed suspect 2.

Dzhokhar’s father tells his son to surrender, but warned the U.S. that if his son is killed “all hell will break loose.”

Anzor Tsarnaev spoke to ABC News from his home in the Russian city of Makhachkala. He insisted that his sons were innocent, but said he would appeal for his son to “surrender peacefully.”

“If they kill my second child, I will know that it is an inside job, a hit job. The police are to blame,” the father told ABC News. “Someone, some organization is out to get them.”

Dzhokhar, the youngest brother, is being hunted by the police Friday morning. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, have been identified in the Boston bombings as suspects.

Both of the brothers were born in the south region of Russia near the Chechnyan Republic, said the suspects’ uncle, according to ABC. Tamerlan arrived in US in 2000 under refugee status from Kyrgyzstan, according to WBZ in Boston.

According to the Associated Press, their uncle, Ruslan Tsarni who lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland, said the brothers lived together near Boston and have been in the United States for between eight and ten years.

Dzhokhar attended Cambridge Ringe & Latin School in 2011, according to a Russian social profile website Vkontakte. Prior to that, he studied in Makhachkala, located on the western shore of Caspian Sea, from 1999-2001.

On his profile, Dzhokhar defined his worldview as “Islam” and listed “career and money” as his top priorities.

According to NBC, the 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, with a bomb strapped to his chest was killed early Friday by police in a shootout. Last night, the pair “robbed a 7-Eleven, shot a police officer to death, carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives in an extraordinary firefight with law enforcement.”

Tamerlan was a competitive boxer for a club named Team Lowell, according to Deadspin. He attended school at Bunker Hill Community College before taking time off to focus on his boxing career. According to Lowell Sun, he dreamed of being “selected for the US Olympic team and be naturalized American.”

Background information is slowly being released on the two suspects who have been identified in the Boston bombings. The men, who are brothers, have been identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.(PHOTO: photoshelter.com/johanneshirn.) (PHOTO:vk.com/Dzhokhar Tsarnaev)

Tamerlan also maintained a YouTube profile to which he uploaded at least two videos under the category titled "terrorists" and seven videos under the category "Islam."

The Lowell Sun reported that Tamerlan, a Muslim, says he doesn’t drink or smoke anymore: “God said no alcohol.” The dead suspect said that he doesn’t usually take his shirt off so girls don’t get bad ideas: “I’m very religious.”

One of the photos showed Tamerlan with his girlfriend, who is half Portuguese and half Italian and converted to Islam. In 2009, he was arrested for beating his girlfriend, according to Slate.com.

In the caption of a photo essay titled “Will Box for Passport” made by Johannes Hirn, it said that the boxer competed at National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City and “will box for passport.”

Moreover, according to Hirn, even after five years in the states, Tamerlan said, “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”

The suspects’ uncle told reporters today that he was “ashamed” by his nephews’ alleged actions and urged his nephew, Dzhokhar, known as “Suspect 2”, who is on the run from police, in an emotional statement to “turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness.”

“He put a shame on this family. He put a shame on the entire Chechnyan ethnicity,” said Ruslan, who last saw the brothers in December 2005, he told reporters. “Being losers. Hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine. Anything else, with religion, with Islam. It’s a fraud. It’s a fake.”

“Somebody radicalized them, but it wasn’t my brother,” Tsarni said of his brother, the suspect’s father, who lives in Dagestan, a Russian republic. “It’s not my brother, who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to their tables. Fixing cars. He didn’t have time or chance or anything. He’s been working, that’s it.”

The city of Boston is on lockdown and transportation has been suspended in the city as the suspect is still at-large and described as willing to die in a battle with police.