A disturbing flurry of text messages has revealed Tamerlan Tsarnaev was willing to lay down his life for his Muslim faith.
According to Fox News, in 2011, Tamerlan Tsarnaev sent text messages to his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, indicating that he was willing to die for Islam.
Around the same time he sent those texts, suspicions were brewing about the 26-year-old former boxer.
Last week, U.S. officials described to the AP what the government knew about Tsarnaev since he was first placed on the intelligence community’s radar 18 months ago.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation.
Russia’s internal security service, the FSB, sent information to the FBI about Tamerlan Tsarnaev on March 4, 2011.
The Russians told the FBI that Tsarnaev, an ethnically Chechen Russian immigrant living in the Boston area, was a follower of radical Islam and had changed drastically since 2010.
Because of the subsequent FBI inquiry, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name was added to a Homeland Security Department database used by U.S. officials at the border to help screen people coming in and out of the U.S.