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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Had Once Been On Welfare

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Investigators say this is Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev at the bombing site. (Photo courtesy: Bob Leonard)

Investigators say this is Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev at the bombing site. (Photo courtesy: Bob Leonard)

BOSTON (AP) — The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings killed in a shootout with police received welfare benefits from the state up until last year, when he became ineligible based on family income.

A spokesman for the state Office of Health and Human Services on Wednesday confirmed a Boston Herald report that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and their toddler daughter had received benefits.

A lawyer for his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, has said that she worked 70 to 80 hours per week as a home health aide while her husband cared for their daughter.

The state says both Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — his brother and the other bombing suspect — received welfare benefits as children through their parents while the family lived in Massachusetts.

Neither was receiving benefits at the time of the bombing.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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