"These are my nephews! My brother's sons!" their stunned uncle Ruslan Tzami told PEOPLE from his home in Maryland on Friday morning, just a short time after the two men's likenesses and names were revealed.
Tzami wept as he spoke of the brothers who emigrated from Kyrgyzstan in 2001: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was born in Russia. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was born in Kyrgyzstan, is in possession of a Massachusetts drivers license and is on the run. He "wanted to be a doctor," said the uncle.
"It's a big family ... the parents are still in Russia," says Tzami, adding a few are in Massachusetts. "They are from a hard-working family who ran away from Chechnya. A good family."
Tzami added: "This is terrible. I have no sympathy for them. I hate them – they murdered people!"
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