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      Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect had previously been on welfare

      Tamerlan Tsarnaev


      The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings killed in a shootout with police received welfare benefits from the state up until last year, when he became ineligible based on family income.


      A spokesman for the state Office of Health and Human Services on Wednesday confirmed a Boston Herald report that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and their toddler daughter had received benefits.


      A lawyer for his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, has said that she worked 70 to 80 hours per week as a home health aide while her husband cared for their daughter.


      The state says both Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - his brother and the other bombing suspect - received welfare benefits as children through their parents while the family lived in Massachusetts.


      Neither was receiving benefits at the time of the bombing.

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