NORTH DARTMOUTH (WPRI) - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus was closed Friday after the university confirmed that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was a registered student at the school.
"As soon as it was put online, the suspect photo with him with the backwards hat with the number three, I realized that was his hat and I knew that was him," Riley Baxter, who was Tsarnaev's engineering partner last year, told WPRI-12.
Students said Tsarnaev resided in the Pine Dale Hall and may have been on campus in the days following the bombings that killed three and injured more than 170 people.
Boston-area colleges and universities were closed and public transportation services halted as law enforcement officials conducted a massive manhunt for Tsarnaev, who is believed to be one of the two suspects in Monday's explosions. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shootout with police overnight.
"The Boston Marathon tragedy has touched our University in many ways," UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Dr. Divina Grossman said in a prepared statement. "On Tuesday, we drew strength from a campus vigil that attracted hundreds of people in remembrance of the victims, and today we learned that a suspect is one of our students. We closed and evacuated the campus to assure the safety of our students, faculty and staff."