Suspected marathon bomber may never speak again, Israeli director of Boston hospital says

(JTA) – Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured and hospitalized after a 24-hour chase that left the entire Boston area in lockdown.

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Tsarnaev was captured Friday night hiding in a winterized boat in the Boston suburb of Waterton.

He was immediately hospitalized at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in serious condition, having been shot during an early Friday morning shootout with police that killed his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who had been the second suspect in the bombing.

Police as yet have been unable to question Tsarnaev, 19, who was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

Hospital director Kevin Illan Tabb, an Israeli who is a member of the board of Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem where he studied medicine and completed his residency, told Ynet that Tsarnaev was wounded in his throat and may never speak again.

In the course of an extensive chase through Boston-area suburbs, a campus officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was killed and a transit policeman was wounded.

Bombs at the Boston Marathon’s finish line exploded on April 15, killing three people and wounding more than 180.

“I’m confident that we have the courage and the resilience and the sprit to overcome these challenges and to go forward,” President Obama said in a statement from the White House shortly after Tsarnaev was captured.

It is being reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev became a founder of radical Islam and influenced his younger brother.

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