Boston area police have revamped their investigation into a 2011 triple homicide involving a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
According to investigators, Brendan Mess, 25, Erik Weissman, 25, and Raphael Teken, 37, all died on September 12 after their throats were slit. Investigators previously stated drugs were likely involved.
According to a victim’s relative, police will now revisit the case based on evidence that indicates Tsarnaev – who had a close friendship with one of the victims – is the primary suspect responsible for the recent Boston Marathon bombings. Investigators will also look into whether Tamerlan’s brother – and fellow bombing suspect – Dzhokhar could have also played a role in the bloody 2011 homicide.
Stephanie Guyotte, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office, said, “We’re eager to pursue any new leads of information. It has been reported he knew one of the deceased victims. It remains an open and active investigation.”
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Although police initially announced the victims were murdered on September 12, the victim’s relative told the Globe that the three men were likely killed on September 11, 2011 – the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The relative said this was more probable based on a text message conversation he was having with one of the victims about a Sunday night football game between the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys that evening. Conversation between the relative and victim abruptly ended at 8:15 p.m. that evening when communication from the victim stopped.
“The three of them were definitely killed on Sept. 11,” the relative told the Globe. “They all stopped using their cellphones at about eight o’clock that night.”
Roughly two years ago the Globe reported each of the victims had their throats slit. Additionally, friends of the men have reported that their bodies were left covered in marijuana.
Records show that the Tsarnaev family and at least one member of the Mess family were neighbors in their Cambridge neighborhood.