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Marathon bombing suspect boxed in Utah, was profiled in 2009 photo essay

Published: Friday, April 19 2013 9:02 a.m. MDT

This combo of photos released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation early Friday April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling suspects number 1, left, and suspect number 2, right, walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013, before the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Tamerlan Tsarnaev is on the left. (Associated Press) This combo of photos released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation early Friday April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling suspects number 1, left, and suspect number 2, right, walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013, before the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Tamerlan Tsarnaev is on the left. (Associated Press)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old suspect shot and killed during the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, was the subject of a 2009 photo essay titled, "Will Box for Passport," which focused on his training for the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City.

The photo essay shows Tsarnaev training and includes quotes regarding his lifestyle, religion, move to the United States from Chechnya and his girlfriend.

"I don't have a single American friend," Tsarnaev said in one caption. "I don't understand them."

Tsarnaev represented New England in the heavyweight category at the National Golden Gloves competiton. The tournament was held at the Salt Palace in May 2009.

According to the slideshow, Tsarnaev fled Chechnya with his family because of the conflict in the early 1990s and lived in Kazakhstan before coming to the United States.

This photo released by the FBI early Friday April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling suspect number 1,  walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013, before the explosions at the Boston Marathon. (Associated Press) This photo released by the FBI early Friday April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling suspect number 1, walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013, before the explosions at the Boston Marathon. (Associated Press)

As a Muslim, Tsarnaev said he is "very religious," doesn't drink or smoke and "doesn't usually take his shirt off so girls don't get bad ideas," the slideshow captions said.

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