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The suspect's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., addressed reporters in a press conference on Friday, April 19, 2013.
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The suspect's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., addressed reporters in a press conference on Friday, April 19, 2013.

One of the two suspects in the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon is reported dead after a gun exchange early Friday with police in Watertown, Mass.

Officials say the uncle of the suspects confirmed that the name of the first suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He was killed in a gun battle with police in Massachusetts overnight. Police are still searching for his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, confirmed the bomb suspects were brothers.

The uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., told The Associated Press that the men lived together near Boston and have been in the United States for about a decade. They traveled to the U.S. together from the Russian region near Chechnya.

In a press conference, Tsarni urged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to, "turn yourself in… and ask for forgiveness from the victims.”

Video: Uncle urges suspect to turn himself in.


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