Cemeteries refusing to bury body of Boston bombing suspect
WORCESTER, Mass. — The body of the older Boston bombing suspect is at a funeral home in Worchester, Mass., but it’s still unclear where he will be buried.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s family in Russia can’t afford to have his body flown over, his widow declined to claim it and now cemeteries in the U.S. are refusing it.
The New York Daily News reported that four cemeteries in three states have refused to bury the body.
Funeral director Peter Stefan has asked cemeteries in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, but each of the cemeteries has passed.
“In this country, we bury the dead,” he said. “I mentioned many times, we buried the Oswalds, the McClays, the Dahmers, the Bundys. This is no different.”
The funeral director said if he can’t find a cemetery to take the body, he’ll ask the government to find a grave.
The Tsarnaev family has requested a Muslim burial along with a grave near their home in Massachusetts.
Protests have taken place outside the Massachusetts funeral home where the body is being kept and security has been posted outside.
The suspect’s cause of death has been identified as gunshot wounds to the body and head, and blunt force trauma to his head.
The 26-year-old suspect was killed in a police shootout on April 19 in the Boston suburb of Watertown.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, along with his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are suspected of perpetrating the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings which killed three people and injured more than 200 others.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has since been arrested and charged by federal authorities with using a weapon of mass destruction.