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Youngest bomber 'acted like nothing happened' day after blast

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 22nd, 2013
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Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the youngest brother who carried out the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon last week returned to his classes at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and "acted like nothing happened," a classmate says. Now closely guarded after a standoff that left his co-conspirator and older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead, Dzhokhar's stunned college classmates are trying to make sense of a terrible tragedy carried out by someone most assumed was just a nice guy.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fellow Dartmouth student Andrew Glasby said that Tsarnaev lived one floor above him at the campus's Pine Dale dormitory.

He talked to Dzhokhar on the campus the day after the marathon explosions became a national terror. He was shocked by Tsarneav's calmness in hindsight.

Going by the nickname "Jahar," Dzhokhar Tsarnaev blended right back into normal college life. "I thought as it was just regular old Jahar. We had a typical conversation, he was not startled, he was not scared, he was not anything. He was just the same old Jahar," Glasby says.

Glasby said that Tsarnaev had even offered to give him a ride home to Waltham, Massachusetts. Glasby spent the day evacuating the campus, which is about an hour's drive south of Boston.

A blaring university fire alarm woke Glasby that morning at around as Blackhawk helicopters circled overhead, according to ABC. "I didn't have time to grab my wallet or my phone. I only had time to grab my sweatpants and my sneakers," Glasby said.

Glasby described Tsarnaev as a regular student who played soccer, enjoyed FIFA soccer video games -- and frequently smoked marijuana, until this year.

Tsarnaev was apprehended by local authorities and rushed to the hospital in a serious condition following a gun battle with police and SWAT teams.

Hours before the deadly shootout which claimed his brother's life Tsarnaev was seen on a night out on campus. A fellow University of Massachusetts student told the Boston Globe that he "was just relaxed."

Tsarnaev's casual attitude, which may have been a possible attempt to cover his tracks was evident on his Twitter page. Just hours after he and his older brother were caught on surveillance footage coolly walking away from the bomb site - he tweeted: "Ain't no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people."

The next day he replied to a tweet claiming one of the fatalities in the bombings was a woman whose fiancÚ was proposing to her. "Fake story" he wrote on the social media website. The same day he added: "I'm a stress free kind of guy."

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