Trial of marathon suspect’s pal sparks fearful memories for neighbors


NEW BEDFORD — There’s a new name on the buzzer for the ground floor apartment at 69 Carriage Drive, and the black BMW with a vanity plate reading “Terrorista #1” is no longer parked outside.

But neighbors of Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev say they still can’t shake the fear they felt last April when a SWAT team swarmed the neighborhood in search of the two UMass Dartmouth students who were friends of Bos

ton Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tazhayakov was on trial this week for obstruction of justice, and a jury is now deliberating on the case. Neighbors, though, are just trying to get back to normal.

Next door to where Tazhayakov lived, Henry Fernandes, who follows local and national news on television, said he was keeping up with the trial.

“You can’t help but be aware of it,” he said.

Sometimes the networks will flash photos of FBI agents searching the local landfill, or arresting Tazhayakov down the street. Then his memories of April 20, 2013, come back, he said.

On that night, he said, he looked out his window when he heard a commotion, and saw a laser reflecting on his chest. He assumed it was from the sights of a sniper and went back inside quickly and unharmed.

“I still visualize that, though, when the agent had the laser on me,” he said Thursday.

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