The L.A. Times is reporting that “enraged” bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was kicked out of the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge about three months ago after he (allegedly) stood up and started (allegedly) shouting at the imam. His (alleged) outburst was directed at Martin Luther King and how his name shouldn’t have been brought up during the service.
The imam had referred to King as someone to emulate according to a worshiper who goes by the name Muhammad.
“You cannot mention this guy because he’s not a Muslim!” Muhammad recalled Tamerlan shouting, shocking others in attendance.
“He’s crazy to me,” Muhammad said. “He had an anger inside.… I can’t explain what was in his mind.”
Tamerlan was then kicked out of the prayer service for his outburst, Muhammad recalled. “You can’t do that,” Muhammad said of shouting at the imam.
Tamerlan apparently did return, and he had no more outbursts, per Muhammad.
But a trustee of the mosque, Anwar Kazmi, said Tamerlan wasn’t removed, but was talked to later by mosque leaders and calmed down. Kazmi also said it was a one-time occurrence.
The other mosque attendee, who identified himself only as Haithen, described Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as nice, friendly and “really laid back.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was different though. “His persona was not really so nice,” this worshiper said.
No, planting bombs and murdering people is “not really so nice,” on that I think we can all agree.