Dead Boston bombing suspect tied to killings

Tamerlan Tsarnaev smiles after accepting the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell. Prosecutors in the case against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan's brother, say a man shot to death during questioning by an agent in Florida told investigators that Tamerlan had been involved in a triple homicide. AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie File

Tamerlan Tsarnaev smiles after accepting the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell. Prosecutors in the case against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan's brother, say a man shot to death during questioning by an agent in Florida told investigators that Tamerlan had been involved in a triple homicide. AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie File

BOSTON — It was one of the biggest unsolved crimes in recent Boston memory: three men, killed on Sept. 11, 2011, their throats slit, their bodies reportedly covered with marijuana.

But now, a suspect has been named in the lengthy court documents being filed before the trial of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev: his deceased brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

A document filed in federal court by prosecutors says Tamerlan participated in the triple homicide, apparently based on information provided by a friend of the suspect, Ibragim Todashev. Todashev was questioned by FBI and state police in Florida in May. He was shot to death by authorities during questioning.

The triple murder of Brendan Mess, 25, Erik Weissman, 31, and Raphael Teken, 37, baffled police because it was so violent. All three were killed violently with few signs of struggle, and little evidence on the scene.

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