The more we find out about alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the more confusing his involvement in the terror plot becomes. The younger suspect is still being described by friends and classmates as a nice, normal guy. But just days after the bombing, it seems the 19-year-old suspected of murdering innocent people at the marathon went out and partied at college as if nothing had happened.
If it's true, one thing is clear: the lack of remorse this move shows casts doubt on folks trying to paint the younger suspect as a normal kid pulled into a sick twisted plot by older brother Tamerlan.
That's the story being told by uncle Ruslan Tsarni, the man who told media this week that his older nephew, the now deceased Tamerlan, was a "loser." The media has found myriad high school and college friends of Dzhokhar who said he was normal kid who showed no signs of the cruelty perpetrated on Monday in Boston and Tsarni supported that with his insistence on the Today Show:
He’s just another victim of his older brother. He victimized others, but he’s been used by his older brother.
Maybe it's true. Maybe Tamerlan turned his sweet little brother into a terrorist.
But wouldn't a kid who was just being dragged into a plot show some shame?
Show some humility?
Stop partying for God's sake?
Students at UMass Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar was a sophomore, report the bombing suspect was "relaxed" during a dorm party attended by some of his friends from intramural soccer on Wednesday.
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Relaxed? Two days after murdering an 8-year-old child and two innocent adults? After sending hundreds to the hospital, many whose lives are forever changed?
It's as if he thought he deserved to go out and have fun after a rough week.
Little Martin Richard will never have fun again.
As a mother, as a human, I want to look at this younger kid as a victim of his older brother. I've spoken with a lot of mothers and fathers this week who said the same; because of Dzhokhar's age, we looked at him as we did Lee Boyd Malvo, the younger DC sniper who reported being sexually abused by the elder killer, John Allen Muhammad. Malvo was in no way innocent of the crimes, but it was clear the teen had been terrorized as well. Looking at Dzhokhar in a similar manner makes the horror of someone so young being charged with something so terrible a bit easier to take.
Unfortunately, what we wish were true and what truly is don't often match up.
The pattern of the younger suspect's behavior since the bombing paints a picture of a disturbed young man. On Monday night, there was a comment on a Twitter account identified as his, a status that seems to pretend to care about those hurt in the bombing:
Ain't no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people.
On Tuesday, he was already being spotted on campus, as if nothing had gone wrong. And then, on Wednesday, at a party.
These aren't the actions of a kid who is sorry. They're the actions of a grown up who just doesn't care.
What do you make of the bombing suspect partying this week after the murders of innocent people?
Image via Boston Police Department