updated 04/19/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/19/2013 AT 8:30 AM ET
The two suspects now implicated in the Boston Marathon bombing are brothers – one has been killed in a shootout and the other is now on the run – and they have family on the East Coast.
“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!”