As investigators search for a motive behind the Boston Marathon bombings, police now believe the Tsarnaev brothers were headed to New York after the attacks, but to celebrate rather than cause further harm.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said on Monday that based on preliminary information from the driver of the car the suspects hijacked on April 18, Boston investigators believe the two brothers were coming to the city to party.
"The two individuals were speaking in either Chechen or Russian language that the driver didn't understand, but he thought he heard the word 'Manhattan,'" Kelly said. "It may have been word to the effect of 'coming to party in New York.'"
Family members say after Tamerlan Tsarnaev became friends with a person known as "Misha," he gave up boxing and music.
They say he also started opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and visiting extremist websites.
U.S. officials have said they do not believe the Tsarnaev brothers had any ties to terrorist groups.
Based on preliminary interviews with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the hospital, investigators believe the brothers were motivated by their religious views.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been recovering from gunshot wounds since he was captured Friday. His condition has been upgraded to fair.