Peter Payack
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Marathon bombing suspect's ex-coach searches for answers

Peter Payack - a wrestling coach in Cambridge, Massachusetts - narrowly missed being caught up in the twin Boston Marathon bombings along with his son who was running the race.

He didn't know it at the time, but his former star wrestling student, Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev, would become a main suspect in the attack.

The BBC met Mr Payack at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, where he is still a wrestling coach.

He saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the last time four months ago and hadn't notice any change in the kind, smart and talented kid he coached throughout high school.

Produced by the BBC's Anna Bressanin and David Botti

Additional photo: Getty Images, Associated Press, and courtesy Peter Payack

  • 21 Apr 2013
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