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Boston suspects: Immigrant dream to American nightmare

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The two brothers came to America with their family to start a new life

The older brother was a good boxer who quit college, got married and had a baby

The younger brother won a scholarship and wrestled

"I don't have a single American friend," says a website post in older brother's name

Boston CNN —  

They might have fulfilled every immigrant’s dream, fleeing a war-torn part of the world and settling into a quiet life in America, one buoyed by aspiration and a will to succeed.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, loved to box. And he was talented. At 196 pounds, he represented New England as a heavyweight in the National Golden Gloves boxing tournament. He wanted to make it on an Olympic team.

His brother, Dzhokar, 19, graduated in 2011 from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, the alma mater of actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The city awarded Dzhokar a $2,500 scholarship. And he, too, was an athlete – a wrestler. He was named student athlete of the month and made the state playoffs.

But something went wrong somewhere.