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Three Men Murdered in Boston Area Could Be Linked To Suspected Bomber

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(KTVI)-- A year and a half ago, three men were found murdered in the Boston area. Their throats had been cut. Their bodies were sprinkled with marijuana. And police now suspect those killings are somehow linked to one of the suspected Boston bombers.

Sean Collier, 26, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer gunned down during the mayhem, was buried Tuesday. So was 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest victims of the Boston bombers.

Meanwhile police say suspect Tamerlain Tsarnaev, the brother on the right killed in a police shootout, may be linked to the murder of three Boston men around the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. All died from slit throats. The bodies were covered in marijuana.

The surviving younger brother, 19-year-old Dzokhar Tsarnaev, is reportedly co-operating with police and blaming the attacks on his brother.

Meanwhile, it turns out the dead older brother had been kicked out of the mosque he attended for making anti-American speeches.

A restaurant owner in the brothers’ neighborhood said it always appeared the older brother controlled the younger one.

Authorities appear to think neither brother had any formal connection to terrorist groups, but that the older brother, Tamerlain, spent a lot of time on Islamic extremist web sites.