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Boston Herald: Bombing Suspect Had Lived on Welfare as Recent as 2012


"...along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev (FILE)

Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded welfare benefits for an unspecified amount of time up until 2012, the Boston Herald reports.

"State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter," the report says. "The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits."

The state did not say how long the family was receiving benefits or when exactly in 2012 those benefits ended, but did make sure to note Tamerlan was not receiving them at the time of the Boston bombing.

Tamerlan took a trip to Russia in 2012 -- a journey many have suggested was at least part of the catalyst for his radicalization.

But Tamerlan and his family weren't the only ones getting benefits. The Herald goes on to note that "both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state."

Officials did not specify what type of benefits the Tsarnaevs were receiving.

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