AP: At Large Bombing Suspect Is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19

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April 19 2013 7:13 AM

AP: At Large Bombing Suspect Is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19

The Associated Press reports that the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects in photos released last night have been identified. One is dead; the other is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, a resident of Cambridge, Mass., who immigrated legally to the United States.

And the great googling commences, made easlier by the suspect's uncommon name. (Dzhokhar is a common Chechen name. If the etymology holds up, the suspect is very literally Caucasian.) A "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev" was awarded a student scholarship by Cambridge in 2011. That year someone with this name was a wrestling "all-star" in the Cambridge Rindge and Greater Boston League. No, Brian Ross, there is no "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev" in the rolodex of Tea Party Patriots.

UPDATE: A "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev" has a profile on VKontakte, Russia's answer to Facebook, and his wall looks ... much like the walls of Americans with the names of terror suspects, but with more Chechen humor. The joke up top is basically:

A car goes by with a Chechen, a Dagestani and an Ingush inside. Question: who is driving?

Punchline: The police. The police are driving.

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Ben Wikler pulls a photo from the page:

Compare this to the FBI's photo:

Read more on Slate about the Boston Marathon bombing.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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