Barhoum, a Moroccan immigrant who attends Revere High School outside Boston, apparently became aware yesterday that his photo was being linked to the bomb plot. In a Facebook post he assured his 1776 friends that “u will see guys I’m did not do anything.” Noting that “Shit is real,” Barhoum reported that he was going “to the court rightnow,” adding later that, “I’m just going to tell them that it was not me.”
Barhoum’s Facebook page includes two photos snapped at the marathon. One image depicts the teen–who runs for his school and the Momentum Athletic Club–posing in front of a scrim with the race logo, while the other shows a large TV screen erected on the corner of Boylston and Exeter streets, a block from the finish line. The caption of the second photo, which was taken as three top women runners dueled for the lead, reads, “Boston marathon 117th) Kenya and Ethiopia had a lot of fun lmfao – with Yassine Zaimi.” The winner of the women’s race was Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, while Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa Benti was the fastest male runner.
A third Facebook photo, posted March 24, shows Barhoum “Bored at work” at a Subway restaurant.
Zaimi, a Boston resident, is a Moroccan immigrant who also attended Revere High School. In Facebook posts, Barhoum refers to Zaimi as his “coach.”
According to Zaimi’s Facebook page, he has worked at State Street Bank & Trust and JPMorgan Chase. Additionally, Zaimi’s Facebook page is stocked with tourist-type photos of him posing around Boston. The shots include Zaimi wearing a colonial tri-corner hat, standing in front of a Samuel Adams statue at Faneuil Hall, and resting his elbow on a statue of late Boston Celtics legend Red Auerbach.
In April 2010, Zaimi won a five-kilometer charity race in suburban Boston that raised funds to send medical equipment to Morocco.
In a post to a web site that aids the recruitment of college athletes, Barhoum wrote of his devotion to running. “I been doing this since I was 12 years and I enjoy it… I feel great when I run with clubs more than when I run with school because clubs take it serious and the coaches have more techniques to teach.” The teenager, who graduates in 2015, added, “My dream is to get to the level where everybody who works hard deserve .and I want to say thank you to the people who supported me in this.”
SMH. This is just crazy. When are they going to find the REAL person responsible and stop fingering every “dark” person carrying a backpack?
For real though, the NY Post needs to print these guys an apology.