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DA looks for links between bomb suspect, slaying

A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child as members of law enforcement conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose, authorities said Friday as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area.  (Matt Rourke)
A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child as members of law enforcement conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose, authorities said Friday as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area. (Matt Rourke)
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Updated: 4/22/2013 6:35 pm
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Investigators in a Boston suburb are looking into whether there are links between a suspect in last week's Boston Marathon bombing and an unsolved 2011 slaying.

Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was pronounced dead early Friday after a shootout with police, was a friend of one of three men found dead in an apartment in Waltham on Sept. 12, 2011, with their necks slit and their bodies reportedly covered with marijuana.

Tsarnaev's friend, Brendan Mess, was also a boxer.

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Middlesex County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman MaryBeth Long told The Associated Press on Monday that authorities would check for any connections between the murder and Tsarnaev.

She says it's customary to look for connections between new crimes and unsolved ones.
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