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Portrait emerges of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

BOSTON -- None of the young local neighborhood guys who grew up with the brothers Tsarnaev could believe they were the same pair fingered on video last night as the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

“When I first heard the news (last night), I thought they were joking,” said Derek Winbush, who graduated in 2011 from Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school with Dzhokhar, the youngest brother.

“But the way they [the two brothers] were walking, the way [he] was holding his backpack, it was them” seen placing the bombs near the finish line Monday afternoon on Boylston Street in Boston’s Copley Square.

“I wouldn’t say he was a good friend, but we hung out,” Winbush said of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the seat of his silver Schwinn 7-speed bike, amid an endless stream of SWAT team vehicles arriving to cordon off the working-class Cambridge neighborhood where the brothers have lived since they were preteens.

Although they kept their home lives to themselves, the brothers got respect on these streets as skilled wrestlers and boxers, and also as fairly good students. Winbush said they used to attend parties on nearby Magazine Street with ordinary high school kids, just drinking and smoking pot.

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