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Marathon Bombing Suspect Became U.S. Citizen On September 11

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (FBI photo)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (FBI photo)

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BOSTON (CBS) – As a clearer picture emerges of the brothers suspected in this week’s Boston Marathon bombings, we have learned that one of those men became an American citizen just last year – on September 11, 2012.

CBS News reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, swore his allegiance to the United States in a naturalization ceremony just seven months before investigators suspect he placed a backpack loaded with a bomb near the Finish Line of the Boston Marathon.

READ: Suspects’ Uncle Says ‘They Do Not Deserve To Live’

Tsarnaev’s uncle told WBZ-TV that Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, came to this country from Chechnya in 2000 or 2001. According to CBS News’ Bob Orr, both brothers were believed to be living here legally.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lived most recently in a dormitory on the campus of UMass Dartmouth. That school was evacuated Friday.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed overnight in a shootout with police, was believed to have lived in Cambridge. The Associated Press quoted government sources saying that Tamerlan visited Russia last year, returning to the U.S. six months later.

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