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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)
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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.

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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.
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RiverRat - 4/24/2013 1:20 PM
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So much for not biting the hand that feeds you.
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