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State: Marathon Bombing Suspects Once on Welfare

(AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie)

(AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie)

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 stayed home to take care of their daughter.

The state says Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remains hospitalized, received welfare benefits as children through their parents while the family lived in Massachusetts.

Neither was receiving benefits at the time of the bombing.


  • robn

    So what?
    I don’t think that’s the issue we should be looking into.

    • bagpip

      You are right robn! This is in no way related to the incident, and is irrelevant in every way. Some dork at news 40 has a bug up their a…brain, and just printed this because they were too lazy to do some real news.

  • wdfl

    Of course it should be looked into. You always follow the money trail! They had a 2007 Mercedes wagon, the 19 year old had on $900 shoes, much of the family says they are lawyers. So why are they on welfare?

  • bagpip

    Why print this? I bet he went to High School too! All this story does is stir up idiots like wdfl above who thinks people on welfare drive around in Mercedes Benz, wear gold chains, and the BILLIONS they got from welfare bought all that. Apparently wdlf can’t read either. It said “used to be on welfare”

  • ivybella29

    Seriously, can we have some real news?! They never release this type of information for other criminals like drug dealers and such?

  • ivybella29

    @wdfl…the family members who are lawyers were lawyers from their own country not the U.S. Unfortunately when you come to this country there aren’t many opportunities for those who earned degrees outside the U.S.and that’s why most start from square one and receive benefits to get on their feet.