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Boston bombing: suspect's classmate describes 'normal' student

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Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
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One of the Boston marathon bombing suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, attended the prestigious Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Boston. The class of 2011 graduate was described as a "normal" person with "good grades."

Speaking with FOX 5 News program Good Day New York, former classmate Sierra Schwartz, said she was shocked to learn the identity of the suspect.

"He graduated with good grades. He was a good student in high school. Something must have happened,"said Schwartz who was also friends with Tsarnaev on Facebook.

"He would post photos of himself hanging out and the occasional Facebook status. The most shocking thing is that no one knew. We are a close-knit group," added Schwartz.

The wrestling team member was believed to be holed up in a house in the Boston suburb of Watertown on Friday morning.

"I thought it was creepy when I went to Facebook and his page was down.  I was kind of weirded out when I discovered it was deleted," said Schwartz, a student in Washington, DC.

On Thursday, law enforcement officials released photos of the suspects.

Approximately five hours laters, Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, carjacked a man in Cambridge after a shootout with a police officer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to officials.

The search for the vehicle led to a chase that ended in Watertown, where authorities said the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police. A transit police officer was seriously injured during the chase, authorities said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was taken into custody and later died.

A manhunt was underway on Friday in Watertown where Tsarnaev was believed to be holed up.

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