Local TV station CBS Boston cites a high school friend of the two brothers suspected of this week's bombings as saying they were "normal" kids.
He reportedly described them both as keen athletes who enjoyed wrestling and boxing.
He said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shoot-out earlier today, was “a two-times golden gloves champion” who was “asked many times to go pro but he kept declining.”
The other brother Dzhokhar, who is still thought to be on the run, was reportedly “a wrestler that won many awards” including a college scholarship.
Among those terribly injured by the Boston marathon bombs was a dance instructor. Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her foot in the explosion.
The mother of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings told ITV News they saw last year's race but are innocent.
Boston's marathon bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev was charged with an offence that could lead to the death penalty, if he is found guilty.