Tamerlan Tsarnaev lived on Massachusetts welfare before Boston bombings

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, is pictured in 2010. Credit: FBI
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, is pictured in 2010. Credit: FBI

Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was reportedly living off the Massachusetts welfare system before the attack.

According to a recent report by the Boston Herald, Massachusetts officials confirmed that Tsarnaev, his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter were receiving benefits.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed last Thursday during a Watertown shootout with police.

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services in the state said the benefits ended in 2012, after Tsarnaev’s wife began working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide, the Herald reported.

Both of Tsarnaev’s parents also taxpayer-funded benefits, too, according to the report, and both Tamerlan and younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received benefits through their parents when they were younger.

Metro interviewed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s mechanic last Friday, who said the 19-year-old picked up a white Mercedes shortly after the Patriots Day attack.

“They all drive nice cars, they all dress nice. Louis Vitton shoes that probably cost $800. They drive Porches and and the Range Rovers,” said Somerville mechanic Gilberto Junior of Tsarnaev and his friends.

It was unclear when the family began to receive the assistance, and whether any of the funds are thought to have funded the Tsarnaev brother’s alleged involvement in the terror attack, which killed three and wounded over 200.

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