There is “mounting evidence” that the Boston Marathon bombers were involved in the unsolved murder of three men in a suburb of Boston.
Police officials have said that some crime scene forensic evidence was a match to Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two brothers who are alleged to have set off two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month, ABC News reported.
The officials also said records of cell phones used by the brothers put them in the area of the murders on that date.
Three men — Brendan Mess, Rafael Teken and Erik Weissman — were found dead in September 2011 in an apartment several miles from the campus of Brandeis University in the Boston suburb of Waltham.
The bodies of the men were found on Sept. 12, but friends believe the killings took place on Sept. 11, which was the tenth anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. That detail may assume new gravity as investigators probe the Tsarnaev’s path to radical Islam.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev knew Mess well but did not attend his funeral despite once referring to him as his “best friend,” and participating in boxing and martial arts training together.
The bodies of the three men were discovered with their throats slit and about seven pounds of marijuana dumped on the bodies, as well as $5,000 in cash left behind.
Two of the victims, Weissman and Teken, were Jewish.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police several days after the bombing. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged with using a “weapon of mass destruction” — a charge that could bring the death penalty.