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Dead Boston bombing suspect buried

The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in an undisclosed location outside the city of Worcester, where it had been held for a week at a funeral home, police said Thursday.

"As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," Worcester police said in a statement.

Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said the body was no longer in Worcester and is now entombed. Police did not disclose where the body was taken.

Tsarnaev's body had been at the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors for a week. Director Peter Stefan says he could not find a community willing to take the body, including Cambridge, where the family had lived for a decade. Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, had custody of the body.

Meanwhile, Tsarnaev's widow continues to face questions from federal authorities and has hired a criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases.

Katherine Russell added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal team, her attorney Amato DeLuca said Wednesday. Dratel has represented a number of terrorism suspects in federal courts and military commissions, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee David Hicks, who attended an al-Qaida-linked training camp in Afghanistan.

Dratel's "unique, specialized experience" will help ensure that Russell "can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive way possible," DeLuca said in a statement.

He said Russell, who has not been charged with any crime, will continue to meet with investigators as "part of a series of meetings over many hours where she has answered questions."

Providence-based DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum have been representing Russell, who is from Rhode Island. They specialize in civil cases such as personal injury law.

An FBI spokeswoman wouldn't comment when asked Wednesday whether Russell is cooperating. DeLuca has said Russell had no reason to suspect her husband and his brother in the deadly April 15 bombing.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers from southern Russia and living in Massachusetts, are accused of planting two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260.

Finding out he has been buried on American soil makes me sick! If Russia didn't;t want his body he should have been creminated and have his ashes sent to the parents. Or have his body dropped in the bottom of the ocean. 


Asked by LostSoul88 at 11:21 AM on May. 9, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (15)
  • Eh. He's dead. Much ado about nothing. There are murderers and criminals of foreign descent pushing up daisies everywhere im. Out soil.

    Josh Powell, for instance. The plots around his sons were bought up by the cops so he couldn't be buried there and what that animal did to those little boys and probably his wife.. Ugh.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 12:12 PM on May. 9, 2013

  • So should all criminals not be buried in America? Rapist, murderers, robbers, American terrorist ect. I agree with previous answers, he's getting way to much attention, and he shouldn't.

    Answer by skinnyslokita at 11:49 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • Seriously? He's DEAD. It doesn't matter anymore when, where, or why he was buried. Getting pissed he was buried on American soil is making a mountain over a molehill.
    As for the funeral director, he was just doing his job.
    Seriously people grow up.This shouldn't even be news. In fact this story should have stopped getting attention once it was revealed the bombers were dead or in custody.
    Concentrate on what's going on with the victims and what you can do to help them instead of getting your panties in a wad over what's happening with a dead body.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:32 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • Give it a rest already. The man can do no more harm now that he's dead.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 11:41 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • We have a lot of bodies you wouldn't want buried here. The whole thing is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. It's a body... let it go. American soil? I'm sorry, we let thousands of Native Americans die on this soil.... There are other things to be concerned about. How do you think any family of a murdered victim feels? Same concept here. This is ridiculous to get all upset about.

    Answer by m-avi at 11:56 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • its about damn time. i understand why nobody wanted to accept his body, but seriously, it's a dead body. and if i were a direct victim of the bombings, i would feel a sense of closure knowing that the controversy is finally over, regardless of where the body is. its the end of a chapter for those victims finally.

    Answer by tnm786 at 11:36 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • So much fuss over a dead guy, sheesh. Seriously, who the hell decided it's a good idea to give the guy more publicity? What about the victims? I'd much rather hear about them. This is what's wrong with this country. We place importance on the wrong things.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 11:43 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • He needed to be buried. I'm glad it was done quietly.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 11:59 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • Glad he is buried and glad we don't know where.  I don't care that he is on US soil, trivial thing to be upset about.


    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 12:10 PM on May. 9, 2013

  • I really didn't want his body here either but I keep thinking to myself. He was a dirt bag in life and now he's really turning to dirt. He's dead and we need to move on as hard as that could be. Russia didn't want him or even ashes that were his so that leaves us with a funeral home that was trying to do the decent thing for a family and they paid a high price for that decency.

    Answer by baconbits at 12:14 PM on May. 9, 2013