Man killed by FBI was in same ‘martial arts circles’ as Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev

FBI agents shot and killed Ibragim Todashev on Wednesday (May 22, 2013) during questioning of a 2011 triple homicide case which involved Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev as an accomplice.

One month after the shooting death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspects of the horrific bombings which took place last month in the city of Boston, Mass., FBI agents shot and killed a Ibragim Todashev -- a friend of Tsarnaev's -- in his Florida home after he attacked an officer with a sharp object during questioning.

While Todashev was not believed to be connected to the bombings, he was a prime suspect in the murders of three people from 2011 in an apparent drug deal gone wrong. During the line of questioning, Todashev admitted to the murders and named Tsarnaev as his accomplice before attacking the agent.

The report states the two men became friends through the "martial arts circles" in Boston.

The Telegraph has the details:

The two men are believed to have known each other through martial arts circles in Boston and were friends before Mr. Todashev moved to Florida. Mr. Todashev was not involved in the bombings but investigators had questioned him several times in recent weeks. The final interview took place at his condominium in Orlando early on Wednesday, where he apparently cooperated with investigators for two hours and admitted his role in the murders. While writing out a statement, Mr. Todashev reportedly asked to take a break before suddenly turning on the authorities with either a knife or a section of pipe. He injured the FBI agent, who needed stitches, before being shot dead.

As it turned out, Tsarneav was an avid boxer who trained at Boston’s Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) center center and had hopes of competing in the Olympics for the United States.

Among the victims of the 2011 murders was 25 year-old Brandon Mess, who was thought to be Tsarnaev's only American friend.

Tsarnaev's 19 year-old brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- who was the other culprit in the bombings which occurred during the annual Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 -- was captured four days later after it was discovered he was hiding in a boat parked outside of a home in Watertown, Mass.

He was taken into custody shortly thereafter.

Now, questions have been raised as to whether the bombings could have been prevented if the murder case, which occurred two years ago, would have been solved and Tamerlan had been prosecuted.

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