Police in Waltham, Mass. have begun to look at the role deceased Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have played in a brutal 2011 triple-murder, according to reports.
The Boston Globe and ABC 5 have both reported that Waltham police are stepping up their efforts to crack the still-open homicide and exploring a possible connection to Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old bombing suspect who was killed Thursday night during a tense shootout with authorities.
“We are looking at a possible connection with the suspect in the marathon atrocity and this active and open homicide in Waltham,” Stephanie Guyotte, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney, told ABC 5.
Brendan Mess, 25, Erik Weissman, 25, and Raphael Teken, 37, were killed on Sept. 12, 2011 in Mess’s apartment in Waltham. According to the Globe, Tsarnaev was neighbors with at least one member of Mess’s family in East Cambridge, Mass. The three victims had their sloats slit and were reportedly left covered with marijuana.