UPDATE: Authorities will reopen the cold case to examine links to Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
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Original story below.
The "best friend" of deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was murdered in a grisly 2011 triple homicide.
On September 12, 2011, at 12 Harding Avenue in Waltham, Massachusetts, the bodies of Brendan Mess (above, right) and two others were found, their throats slit, their bodies covered in marijuana, with $5,000 left at the scene.
In this Patch video (below) the local DA describes the carnage cops found when they arrived, and he says "it does look like the assailants and the decedents did know each other. We have no evidence of a break in the apartment."
The case remains unsolved. Cops never identified the two men they believe visited the apartment before the slaying.
In the wake of Tamerlan's link to the Boston bombings, friends speculated in a Buzzfeed article that Tamerlan was behind the slaying of Mess, his best friend. While they never suspected him at the time, the revelation of his ability to commit mass murder raises new questions. And they remember that Tamerlan skipped Mess' funeral:
"Tam wasn't there at the memorial service, he wasn't at the funeral, he wasn't around at all," Ray said. "And he was really close with Brendan. ... He was somebody who was in contact with Brendan on a daily basis. Anybody like that you would think they would have been around."
A Reddit user speculates on a different scenario in this thread — that Tamerlan was not involved in his friend's slaying, but rather the murder was a "trigger," igniting hatred in him that led to his complete radicalization.
It's been well-publicized that Tamerlan said he didn't have a single American friend. Was Mess his last?