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Boston Marathon Bombings Update: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, bombing suspect still at large, was "class clown," former classmate says

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, who was previously identified as Suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation FBI

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, who is identified as Suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, is still on the run April 19, 2013.
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(CBS) CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Classmates who attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin Academy with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are now coming forward to describe what they knew about him in high school.

While one former classmate described him as "quiet," another said he was the class clown, CBS Boston reports.

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Despite seeing photos released by the FBI that resembled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one unidentified young woman says she would have never made the connection that the bombing suspect could be her former classmate, the station reports.

"Dzhokhar was so friendly and nice-going, I wouldn't connect A and B that he would be a possible terrorist or even hurt a fly for that fact," the young woman reportedly said.

The woman, who told CBS Boston she knew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev well from school and shared a class with him their senior year, said he was the class clown.

"He would just joke around, try and make jokes, get on the teachers nerves, just like a typical class clown," she said. "He was very friendly. Everyone liked him. No one had any problems with him..."

While the young woman reportedly acknowledged that Dzhokhar occasionally spoke about where he was born, he never suggested any anger toward the U.S.

"He just seemed like a normal American to me," she said. "I only remember him as well, good-intentioned."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is also a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was shot and killed by police early Friday morning. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev escaped and is still on the run.

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