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April 20, 2013

Classmates: Bomb suspect was on college campus this week

DARTMOUTH — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this week after the explosions killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, his classmates said yesterday.

The university evacuated its campus yesterday morning after confirming that Tsarnaev, the at-large suspect in the bombings, is a registered student there.

Robert Lamontagne, a university spokesman, declined to comment beyond confirming that Tsarnaev was registered there. He would not immediately say when Tsarnaev enrolled, what he was studying or whether he lived on campus.

Tsarnaev’s father told The Associated Press that his 19-year-old son was studying medicine.

Students said Tsarnaev lived on the third floor of the Pine Dale dormitory. Harry Danso, who lives on the same floor, said he saw him in a dorm hallway this week.

“He was regular, he was calm,” said Danso, who described Tsarnaev as a quiet kid who would sometimes ask him for a homework assignment.

Sonia Ribeiro, 19, of Boston, was in a philosophy class with Tsarnaev. She also said he was on campus this week, although not in class.

“He was laid back. I would never expect this at all from him,” she said.

Law enforcement officials and family members identified the suspects as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan. They were ethnic Chechen brothers who had lived in Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya in southern Russia. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police Thursday night while Dzhokhar escaped, only to be captured last night.

Florida Addy, 19, of Lynn, lived on the same dormitory floor as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev last year. She called him “drug” — the Russian word for friend, pronounced “droog” — and said they would sometimes hang out together in his room.

She said he spent a lot of his time with other kids from Russia and that a few times she accompanied with him to the apartment of some Russian students he knew in New Bedford, not far from campus. She said he would always speak Russian in the apartment, although he usually didn’t speak it around her.

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