Donna Leinwand Leger, USA TODAY
Azamat Tazhayakov is Kazakhstan national, a pretty good soccer player and a teenager accused of helping the suspected Boston Marathon bomber get away with the crime.
Tazhayakov, 19, grew up in Atyrau, Kazakhstan, and graduated from Miras International School in Astana, according to his Facebook page. At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he played in the indoor soccer league and made the all-star team, league records show.
West Kazakhstan Today reported April 26 that Azamat Tazhayakov's father, Ismagoulov Amir Tazhayakhovich, a deputy on the city council of the family's hometown Atyrau, planned to fly to Boston to see his son, who had been arrested on immigration charges.
The father is a "well-known businessman" who chairs the board of directors of Abylaikhan Group JSC, a residential home builder, the paper reporter.
Two days after the bombing, accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hung out with Tazhayakov at Tazhayakov's New Bedford apartment until midnight, the affidavit said. The next day, April 18, Tsarnaev gave Tazhayakov a ride home from an afternoon class and dropped him off around 4 p.m., the affidavit said.
An hour later, federal agents released the photographs that led to identification of Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan.
Within hours Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police.