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” ‘Where’s your money?’” carjacking victim Danny Meng said Tamerlan Tsarnaev demanded of him after jumping into his car and showing him a gun.

What Meng thought would be a quick robbery became more terrifying when the man asked him whether he knew about the marathon bombings.

“He said, ‘Do you know who did that? I did that.’ “

Meng said Tamerlan asked him, “Can your car drive out of state, like to New York?”

A week later, former New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators from his hospital bed that he and his brother decided that night to drive to New York City and launch a second attack.

Meng escaped by running when the Tsarnaevs stopped at a gas station. Authorities said the brothers drove to nearby Watertown, where a wild gun battle with police erupted on a quiet side street, with the brothers shooting at officers and throwing three pipe bombs and one pressure cooker bomb.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed, but Dzhokhar escaped on foot, leading to an unprecedented lockdown of Greater Boston. Dzhokhar, wounded from gunfire, was found later that day hiding in a dry-docked boat in a backyard.

Authorities said Dzhokhar wrote in pen on the inside wall of the boat explaining that the bombing was meant to punish America for its actions overseas.

“The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians,” authorities say he wrote, and “Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.”

A federal grand jury continued to investigate months after Dzhokhar was arrested.

The parents and sisters of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, were called to testify. Russell has a 3-year-old daughter with Tsarnaev.

Russell’s lawyer, Amato DeLuca, said that she did not suspect her husband of anything and that nothing seemed amiss in the days after the bombing. He said Russell was told last year she was not a target of the investigation.

“It really saddens me to think the people, obviously innocent victims, are going to carry the wounds from this craziness the rest of their life,” DeLuca said. “That includes Katie and her daughter.”

People who knew Dzhokhar say they still struggle to reconcile the seemingly Americanized young man they knew with the one accused of planting the bomb that killed Martin Richard, 8, and Lu Lingzi, 23, a Boston University graduate student from China. The first bomb, allegedly planted by Tamerlan, killed Krystle Campbell, 29.

Luis Vasquez, who helped coach Dzhokhar’s soccer team in high school, said both brothers appeared to be good people when he knew them. The death penalty, he said, would be the easy way out.

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