Jewish Triple Murder Victim's Mother: How Did Police Miss Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

Slay Cops Could Have Prevented Boston Marathon Bombing

Jewish Victim: Erik Weissman was murdered on Sept. 11, 2011, along with another Jewish man and a third victim described as Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s best friend.
Jewish Victim: Erik Weissman was murdered on Sept. 11, 2011, along with another Jewish man and a third victim described as Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s best friend.

By Forward Staff

Published July 11, 2013.
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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.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother Dzokhar were identified as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing after authorities reviewed photos and video taken on the afternoon of the marathon on April 15, when two bombs killed three people and wounded more than 170.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police several days after the bombing. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured after a manhunt that shut down the Boston metro area for more that a day. He was charged with using a “weapon of mass destruction” — a charge that could bring the death penalty.

Police may not have focused on the triple murder’s possible link to the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks because it originally appeared to be drug related.

All three victims had faced drug-related charges in the past.

Still, friends said they were shocked by the lethargy of the police investigation, noting that many friends and acquaintances of the men were never questioned — perhaps leading cops to overlook Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a suspect.

Susan Zalkind, a friend of Weissman, told the Times she remains stunned at the lack of effort exerted on the triple murder.

“Despite being one of the most gruesome and unusual crimes of the year, I saw the least amount of public outreach,” she told the paper.


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