First Alert Weather Alert: Flood Warning expires at 10:04 PM on 4/24, issued at 10:04 PM Blackshear, GA | Bristol, GA | Mershon, GA | Millwood, GA

Marathon bombing suspects had been on welfare

A light beam from a helicopter, top right, aims in the direction of Watertown, Mass., where officials searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon explosions, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Boston. Officials claim the suspect has hunkered down inside a boat in the yard of a home on Franklin Street. (Associated Press)
A light beam from a helicopter, top right, aims in the direction of Watertown, Mass., where officials searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon explosions, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Boston. Officials claim the suspect has hunkered down inside a boat in the yard of a home on Franklin Street. (Associated Press)
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 4/24/2013 1:21 pm
BOSTON (AP) -- The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings killed in a shootout with police received welfare benefits from the state up until last year, when he became ineligible based on family income.

A spokesman for the state Office of Health and Human Services on Wednesday confirmed a Boston Herald report that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and their toddler daughter had received benefits.

[SPECIAL COVERAGE: BOSTON MARATHON TERROR ATTACK]

A lawyer for his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, has said that she worked 70 to 80 hours per week as a home health aide while her husband cared for their daughter.

The state says both Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - his brother and the other bombing suspect - received welfare benefits as children through their parents while the family lived in Massachusetts.

Neither was receiving benefits at the time of the bombing.
Share
1 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Action News Jacksonville

RiverRat - 4/24/2013 1:20 PM
0 Votes
So much for not biting the hand that feeds you.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.