It's difficult and disturbing enough to believe that brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were behind the devastating Boston Marathon bombing that took the lives of three people and severely injured hundreds of others Monday afternoon, let alone grasping how the younger of the siblings could then continue to go about his life as a college student afterward!
Yet, somehow that's exactly what the 19-year-old - who is currently still hospitalized in serious condition following last night's dramatic stand-off - managed to do, as new reports claim he returned to his dorm on UMass Dartmouth's campus…even even went partying Wednesday night!
According to an eyewitness from the party, which was attended by the members of his intramural soccer team:
“He was just relaxed.”
And even his RA, 22-year-old Pamela Rolon, thought his potential involvement in the attacks was so far-fetched that when she saw his photo on the news as a suspect, she and her friends laughed about his likeness:
“We made a joke like — that could be Dzhokhar. But then we thought it just couldn’t be him. Dzhokhar? Never. He studied. He hung out with me and my friends. I’m in shock. I think he’s Muslim, but not so religious. He’s a normal city kid. He never said anything about Russia versus the United States.”
Further reports go on to claim that while Dzhokhar was an excellent student in high school, his grades dropped significantly over this past year of college, and Rolon went on to say that she hadn't seem him around campus over the past two weeks.
All just seems so unreal, doesn't it?
But obviously, there were things in this young man's life that he was keeping intensely private, and as we all attempt to make sense of his unforgivable and horrific actions, we just hope that he recovers from his injuries, ready to repent and cooperate with authorities, so we can ensure that this kind of meaningless, devastating violence does not happen again.
[Image via AP Images.]
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