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Tamerlan Tsarnaev Burial: No Cemetery Wants To Bury Bomb Suspect, Funeral Home Owner Says

Posted by on May. 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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BOSTON -- A funeral home director was scrambling to find a cemetery that would bury a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, ignoring protesters gathered outside his business and saying everybody deserves a dignified burial service no matter the circumstances of his or her death.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died from "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities" and blunt trauma to his head and torso, said Worcester funeral home owner Peter Stefan, who has Tsarnaev's body and on Friday read details from his death certificate. The certificate lists the time of his death as 1:35 a.m. on April 19, four days after the deadly bombing, Stefan said.

Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with authorities who had launched a massive manhunt for him and his brother, ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the United States about a decade ago. Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his younger brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing.

Tsarnaev's family was making arrangements Friday for his funeral as investigators searched the woods near a college attended by 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured less than a day after his brother's death.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body was released by the state medical examiner Thursday. It initially was taken to a North Attleborough funeral home, where it was greeted by about 20 protesters, before being taken to Stefan's Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors, which is familiar with Muslim services.

"My problem here is trying to find a gravesite. A lot of people don't want to do it. They don't want to be involved with this," said Stefan, who said dozens of protesters gathered outside his funeral home, upset with his decision to handle the service. "I keep bringing up the point of Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh or Ted Bundy. Somebody had to do those, too."

Meanwhile, two U.S. officials said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators that he and his brother initially considered setting off their bombs on July Fourth.

Boston police said they planned to review security procedures for the Independence Day Boston Pops concert and fireworks display, which draws a crowd of more than 500,000 annually and is broadcast to a national TV audience. Authorities plan to look at security procedures for large events held in other cities, notably the massive New Year's Eve celebration held each year in New York City's Times Square, Massachusetts state police spokesman David Procopio said.

Gov. Deval Patrick said everything possible will be done to assure a safe event.

As part of the bombing investigation, federal, state and local authorities were searching the woods near the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student. Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, could not say what investigators were looking for but said residents should know there is no threat to public safety.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a tarp-covered boat in a backyard in Watertown, a Boston suburb, faces a charge of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Three of his college classmates were arrested Wednesday and accused of helping after the bombing to remove a laptop and backpack from his dormitory room before the FBI searched it.

The April 15 bombing, which used pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings and metal shards, killed three people and injured more than 260 others near the marathon's finish line.

The brothers decided to carry out the attack before Independence Day when they finished assembling the bombs, the surviving suspect told interrogators after he was arrested, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Investigators believe some of the explosives used in the attack were assembled in Tamerlan Tsarnaev's home, though there may have been some assembly elsewhere, one of the officials said. It does not appear that the brothers ever had big, definitive plans, the official said.

The brothers' mother insists the allegations against them are lies.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security ordered border agents to immediately begin verifying that every international student who arrives in the U.S. has a valid student visa, according to an internal memorandum obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The new procedure is the government's first security change directly related to the Boston bombings.

The order from a senior official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, David J. Murphy, was circulated Thursday and came one day after President Barack Obama's administration acknowledged that one of the students accused of hiding evidence, Azamat Tazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, was allowed to return to the U.S. in January without a valid student visa.

Tazhayakov's lawyer has said he had nothing to do with the bombing and was shocked by it.

Associated Press writers Bridget Murphy and Mark Pratt in Boston and Pete Yost, Eileen Sullivan and Alicia A. Caldwell in Washington contributed to this report

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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on May. 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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IMO he should buried in Chechnya

AlekD
by Gold Member on May. 4, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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I didn't know cemetaries could just refuse to allow people to be buried there. He's dead, what harm could he do? That's kinda sad for his family. 

jllcali
by LoyalAndCute on May. 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM
What about cremating him and giving the ashes to his family? Then he won't have to be buried anywhere.
EireLass
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I'm from the area (not now). This funeral director was referred, as he quite often does funerals for people of ill will, drug addicts, degenerates, etc...people who really don't have too many people around them. There is a Muslim funeral home but they wouldn't deal with him. This is one of the very few funeral homes that knows how a Muslim preparation is done. He has the soaps, etc. I heard there was alot of protesting and police coverage yesterday as they brought him in.

I agree, send him to where his family is. The family is ordering an autopsy. You know what they have on their mind.

romalove
by Roma on May. 4, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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Quoting AlekD:

I didn't know cemetaries could just refuse to allow people to be buried there. He's dead, what harm could he do? That's kinda sad for his family. 

I don't think they are worrying about him doing harm.

They are worrying about people knowing he is buried there and doing harm at that cemetary because he is buried there.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on May. 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM
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Of course they can, unless they are paid for with taxpayer money. They are businesses, just like any other business. All businesses have a right to refuse serving any customer, so long as it's not a violation of the anti-discrimination laws.

I think cemetaries have a valid concern here. If people know he's buried there, they could try to rob the grave, do destruction in the cemetary, etc. 

His body needs to be returned to his parents, even if that means we, as taxpayers, have to foot the bill. I'd be willing to do that just to get rid of him. 

Quoting AlekD:

I didn't know cemetaries could just refuse to allow people to be buried there. He's dead, what harm could he do? That's kinda sad for his family. 


jeweldragons
by on May. 4, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Ship him back to his part of Russia.

tooptimistic
by Kelly on May. 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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Maybe they should do a sea burial like they did Bin Ladin. 

EireLass
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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It's a little sick to me, but the purpose of a cemetary is to honor the dead person. I'm thinking you're not really in-tune with what he did? It would be quite dishonorable for someone of his ilk to be buried next to my father, or grandmother, or nephew, etc.

Sad for his family? He is not a citizen here. His family believes the US has framed him, that he did not do what he and his brother have done. Of course she probably believes someone stuffed her bags with all the clothing she was arrested for stealing too.

Quoting AlekD:

I didn't know cemetaries could just refuse to allow people to be buried there. He's dead, what harm could he do? That's kinda sad for his family. 


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