Tsarnaev "got involved in religion," according to his mother. "Started following his own religion, never told me he could be on (the) side of jihad," Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told Russia Today.
Tsarnaev is photographed training at Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts in Boston for a university magazine story. The caption of one photo in a gallery describes Tsarnaev as a native of Chechnya and says he has been in the United States for five years. A quote attributed to Tsarnaev says, "I don't have one American friend. I don't understand them."
That same year, Tsarni says, he had a falling out with Tamerlan. "I got into really a state of shock from changes I heard, I wouldn't say I saw, I heard from Tamerlan," he told CNN. He recalled a 2009 phone conversation in which in response to some life advice he had given, Tsarnaev called him an "infidel." The young man also told his uncle he was not concerned about work or studies because God had a plan for him. According to his uncle, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's radicalization started in not in Chechnya, but in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at a local mosque.
May 4, 2009
Tsarnaev competes at 201 pounds in the 2009 Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, losing in the first bout.
July 28, 2009
Tsarnaev is arrested, accused of domestic abuse and battery after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, according to Cambridge Police Department records.
Tsarnaev wins a local heavyweight boxing title. "He said he'd gotten married and had a little baby. He was a very nice guy," said Gene McCarthy of the Somerville Boxing Club in Massachusetts. "I brought him to the registration, and while he was waiting in line, he saw a piano and was playing classical music like it was Symphony Hall."
June 21, 2010
Tsarnaev and Katherine Russell are issued a marriage license by the city clerk in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An attorney for Russell's family, Amato DeLuca, told CNN that the couple have a 2-year-old daughter, whom Tsarnaev cared for while Russell worked long hours as a home health aide.
Tsarnaev begins praying five times a day, his aunt told reporters.
Russia asks the FBI to look at Tsarnaev's activities, a senior U.S. official said.
"The request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country's region to join unspecified underground groups," the FBI said in a statement.
After interviewing Tsarnaev and family members, the FBI says it "did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government."
January 12, 2012