Tsarnaevs worked out together days before bombing
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Seventy-two hours before the Boston Marathon bombings, suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked out together at a gym in Boston.
Footage from the gym showed the Tsarnaev brothers arrived around 2:45 p.m. Friday. It was this encounter with the older Tsarnaev brother that struck a different chord with the gym manager.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev had shaved his full, bushy religious beard which he had for about two years. The manager described him as extremely opinionated and outspoken about his Muslim religion. He said he didn’t ask Tamerlan Tsarnaev why he shaved because he didn’t want to engage in what was likely to be a long, heated debate.
He wondered whether the beard shaving may have been part of an Islamic ritual: Purification prior to death.
“Shaving the beard may be in a way to blend in not to attract scrutiny from security services in carrying out the Boston attacks,” said terror analyst Paul Cruickshank.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev trained at Wai Kru several times a month, but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rarely came. He only showed up just “two or three times” in roughly two years, according to the gym.
“We’ve seen him [Tamerlan Tsarnaev] with Western militants, wannabe jihadists, a real emphasis on physical training, physical fitness, wanting to be prepared for jihad,” said Cruickshank.
Almost immediately upon their arrival that Friday, the manager asked the men to follow posted gym rules and take off their shoes. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev complied right away, but Tamerlan Tsarnaev did not. Instead he argued with the manager, who later emailed the owner and asked him to ban Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He called him arrogant, selfish and never helping anyone else.
But the argument didn’t faze Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was the first one in the ring. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev followed, but with less stamina. Here, the brothers interacted with one another and they acted as if nothing was awry just three days before two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured more than 260.