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Bomber is secretly buried with help of Christian woman because "Jesus says to love our enemies"

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A Christian woman today revealed that she helped authorities coordinate the secret burial this week of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virginia. 

'Jesus says [to] love our enemies,' Martha Mullen, 48, told the Boston Globe's Wesley Lowery in an exclusive interview. 'So I was sitting in Starbucks and thought, maybe I’m the one person who needs to do something.'

Tsarnaev was buried under a shroud of secrecy Wednesday evening at the Al-Barzakh Cemetery in central Virginia, about 15 miles from Richmond.

Mullen said she coordinated the clandestine burial with the help of the Islamic Society of Greater Richmond after a number of cemeteries refused to take his body.

Within an hour of contacting the group, she got a response saying a plot had been found. So she called the officials overseeing Tsarnaev's burial and arranged to have the body, which was being held at a Worcester, Mass. funeral home, transported to Virginia to be buried Wednesday evening.

The development has infuriated some residents of the rural Virginia town as well as members of the area's Islamic community who say they weren't consulted in the decision.

Flowers are placed on the alleged burial site of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Doswell, Virginia

Flowers are placed on the alleged burial site of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Doswell, Virginia

Resting place: Bukhari Abdel-Alim, vice president of Islamic Funeral services of Virginia, removes a rose from a gravesite in the Al Barzakh Cemetery, where the remains of Tamerlan Tsarnaev have been buried, in Doswell, Virginia

Resting place: Bukhari Abdel-Alim, vice president of Islamic Funeral services of Virginia, removes a rose from a gravesite in the Al Barzakh Cemetery, where the remains of Tamerlan Tsarnaev have been buried, in Doswell, Virginia


A flower is placed on what is believed to be Tsarnaev's grave. He was buried under a shroud of secrecy Wednesday evening at the Al-Barzakh Cemetery in central Virginia, about 15 miles from Richmond

A flower is placed on what is believed to be Tsarnaev's grave. He was buried under a shroud of secrecy Wednesday evening at the Al-Barzakh Cemetery in central Virginia, about 15 miles from Richmond



'The whole Muslim community here is furious,' Imam Ammar Amonette of the Islamic Center of Virginia told the Associated Press. 'Frankly, we are furious that we were never given any information. It was all done secretly behind our backs.'

'Now everybody who's buried in that cemetery, their loved ones are going to have to go to that place,' he added.

News of the burial comes several days after a Massachusetts police chief went on national television to plead for help in finding a plot for the 26-year-old suspected bomber, as number of cemeteries and lawmakers in three states had turned down requests to bury his body.

'There is a need to do the right thing,' Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme said. 'We are not barbarians. We bury the dead.'

Final destination: The secret transfer of Tsranaev's body to the site from a Worcester funeral home was orchestrated by Virginia woman with help from an Islamic organization

Final destination: The secret transfer of Tsranaev's body to the site from a Worcester funeral home was orchestrated by Virginia woman with help from an Islamic organization


Dr. Ahmad, president of the Islamic Funeral Service of Virginia (IFSVA), looks at graves at the Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery in Doswell

Dr. Ahmad, president of the Islamic Funeral Service of Virginia (IFSVA), looks at graves at the Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery in Doswell


Vice President of the Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, Bukhari Abdel-Alim, reads a statement at the entrance to the Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery

Vice President of the Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, Bukhari Abdel-Alim, reads a statement at the entrance to the Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery

Meanwhile, the funeral home where Tsarnaev's body was being held had become the site of ongoing protests. 

Mullen, a professional counselor who has a degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, said she was disgusted by reports of the protests and decided to take action.

She later called the Globe wanting to tell her story, according to the reporter who took the call.

Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, are accused of carrying out the April 15 twin bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a violent shootout with police on April 19 and his brother, who was injured in the gunfight, was captured in Watertown, Mass. after an 18-hour manhunt.

Tough sell: A number of cemeteries and lawmakers in three states had previously turned down requests to bury the alleged bomber's body


Flowers

Small token: Flowers are placed on the alleged burial site of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Doswell, Va., 

Tsarnaev's death certificate, which was released on Friday, showed that he was shot in the firefight and then run over and dragged by a vehicle. Police say it was Tsarnaev's brother who mowed over his body as he was making a getaway.

Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virignia

Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virignia

Tsarnaev’s body was claimed by his uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who asked that the remains be placed in a municipal cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., where Tsarnaev lived with his wife, Katherine Russell. But city officials would not allow that to happen. 

Russell did not claim the body, which is why it was released to Tsarni.

Tsarnaev's mother, who maintains that her sons are innocent, wanted Tamerlan's body sent back to Russia, where he was born, but there was no certainty that Russian officials would accept the remains.

As authorities continued searching for a plot to bury the remains, they were repeatedly turned away. No one wanted to take responsibility for the body. Meanwhile, protests continued outside the funeral home where the body was being held.


It is unknown if Katherine Russell, widow of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, (left), was at the burial - but Ruslan Tsarni (right) approved the site 

(From left), Lisa Taurasi, Lucy Rodriguez and Luis Barbosa, all of Worcester, Mass., hold protest signs as they stand across the street from Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass. on Sunday evening

(From left), Lisa Taurasi, Lucy Rodriguez and Luis Barbosa, all of Worcester, Mass., hold protest signs as they stand across the street from Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass. on Sunday evening

The public was not notified that Tsarnaev's body had been moved until after it was transported from the funeral home Wednesday.

On Thursday morning, police officials announced that 'A courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased.'



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2322629/Tamerlan-Tsarnaev-secret-burial-site-Virginia-Christian-woman-helps-bury-Boston-bomber-Muslim-cemetery.html#ixzz2SzjBmiO0 
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by on May. 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Replies (191-197):
kansasmom1978
by Bronze Member on May. 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

She's right. Jesus does say to love our enemies. The guy was dead, there was nothing more that could be done to him. You bury or cremate a dead body. Not fight over where to do it.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on May. 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Good.

There is a sufficiency of paranoid intolerance in the world --any indication of something else is lovely to see.

jeweldragons
by on May. 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Nice gesture though defeats the point since she went to the media.
specialwingz
by on May. 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I don't need to do any soul searching nor Bible study.  I know the Bible inside and out.  This man sold his soul and is now in Pergatory.  Only he can beg for his own soul.  Only he can answer to God for his sins.  No amount of praying on ANYONE'S part is going to change that.

Quoting AlekD:

You can say whatever you want but I hope that my words will prompt you to do some real soul searching and bible searching to see what God has to say about people who nurture anger and unforgiveness in their heart. Saying that another human being has no soul, that they don't deserve the common decency of a burial, that their dead body shold have been desecrated  and desposed of like trash is just simply unChristian. You know it. And God knows it.

Quoting specialwingz:

Please don't waste time praying for me.  I don't need it.  I am just fine without you, thank you.  I have lived 53 very blessed years before your typing came along.  I have lived through a deadly auto accident, stage III colon cancer, am blessed a wonderful husband and 4 beautiful kids whom I raised to be amazing adults.  All without your pity or prayer.  

Quoting AlekD:

Committing atrocities doesn't mean that they don't have a soul. To say that someone doesn't have a soul is the most evil and un-christian thing anyone can possibly say. If you are a Christian, I pray that you come to understand that before it is too late.

I wasn't yet a Christian when Saddam and Bin Laden died, but I did pray for them in my own way because even then I was smart enough to instinctually realize that even the most un-loveable people were made for God and from God's love and need our prayers more than anyone else. To be perfectly frank, to be confronted by someone like you, someone who doesn't possess that sympathetic cord to all mankind born of our relationship to all mankind as children of God, terrifies me. To meet someone who thinks they can look at someone else and determine that that person is human waste, not possessing a soul or any inherent worth whatsoever, is chilling. 

I am in no way defending this man's actions. I am defending his dignity as a human being, a child of God, just like every other soul ever created. 

Quoting specialwingz:

Sure, he had a soul...he sold it to the Devil!  People with God in their heart and soul do NOT do things as horrific as he did!

It amazes me how many people defend this guy.  Apparently, none of you had anyone there when this occured like I did.

Would YOU give as much credit to someone who committed horrible crimes against YOU or YOUR family?

Did you actually show this much compassion for Bin Laden or Sadam Hussein?






ACDC_fan
by Member on May. 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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To me, personally, it's burying a dead body. all this "U.S. soil" talk- soil is soil of the earth. I personally don't care who gets buried in this country.

Someone I was talking to made a great point the other day- serial killers Ted Bundy, Aileen Wournos, etc. are buried in "U.S. soil", and they committed atrocious, vicious, brutal murders, as well.
Timothy McVeigh, Oklahoma City Bombings. HORRENDOUS, HORRIFIC bombing that murdered tons of people- many of them toddlers/children. He was cremated and his ashes scattered on American soil.
And? no upraor over their and multiple other killers' burials on "U.S. soil".

It baffles me. Was it because this guy is Muslim? I hate that argument, I despise it, I hate bringing it up because I don't want people to think I'm trying to start that stupid argument. But seriously, I think that's what it is.

Let him be buried somewhere. FFS. 

Raintree
by Ruby Member on May. 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM
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He's in purgatory?

Oh good grief.

Quoting specialwingz:

I don't need to do any soul searching nor Bible study.  I know the Bible inside and out.  This man sold his soul and is now in Pergatory.  Only he can beg for his own soul.  Only he can answer to God for his sins.  No amount of praying on ANYONE'S part is going to change that.

Quoting AlekD:

You can say whatever you want but I hope that my words will prompt you to do some real soul searching and bible searching to see what God has to say about people who nurture anger and unforgiveness in their heart. Saying that another human being has no soul, that they don't deserve the common decency of a burial, that their dead body shold have been desecrated  and desposed of like trash is just simply unChristian. You know it. And God knows it.

Quoting specialwingz:

Please don't waste time praying for me.  I don't need it.  I am just fine without you, thank you.  I have lived 53 very blessed years before your typing came along.  I have lived through a deadly auto accident, stage III colon cancer, am blessed a wonderful husband and 4 beautiful kids whom I raised to be amazing adults.  All without your pity or prayer.  

Quoting AlekD:

Committing atrocities doesn't mean that they don't have a soul. To say that someone doesn't have a soul is the most evil and un-christian thing anyone can possibly say. If you are a Christian, I pray that you come to understand that before it is too late.

I wasn't yet a Christian when Saddam and Bin Laden died, but I did pray for them in my own way because even then I was smart enough to instinctually realize that even the most un-loveable people were made for God and from God's love and need our prayers more than anyone else. To be perfectly frank, to be confronted by someone like you, someone who doesn't possess that sympathetic cord to all mankind born of our relationship to all mankind as children of God, terrifies me. To meet someone who thinks they can look at someone else and determine that that person is human waste, not possessing a soul or any inherent worth whatsoever, is chilling. 

I am in no way defending this man's actions. I am defending his dignity as a human being, a child of God, just like every other soul ever created. 

Quoting specialwingz:

Sure, he had a soul...he sold it to the Devil!  People with God in their heart and soul do NOT do things as horrific as he did!

It amazes me how many people defend this guy.  Apparently, none of you had anyone there when this occured like I did.

Would YOU give as much credit to someone who committed horrible crimes against YOU or YOUR family?

Did you actually show this much compassion for Bin Laden or Sadam Hussein?







ashellbell
by shellbark on May. 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM
OT of your little rant here, but did you ever find links that his family are suspected terrorists? I've come up with nada. Didn't you also say his parents aren't allowed here? They are. So I'm wondering where you're getting your news.


Quoting specialwingz:

I don't need to do any soul searching nor Bible study.  I know the Bible inside and out.  This man sold his soul and is now in Pergatory.  Only he can beg for his own soul.  Only he can answer to God for his sins.  No amount of praying on ANYONE'S part is going to change that.

Quoting AlekD:

You can say whatever you want but I hope that my words will prompt you to do some real soul searching and bible searching to see what God has to say about people who nurture anger and unforgiveness in their heart. Saying that another human being has no soul, that they don't deserve the common decency of a burial, that their dead body shold have been desecrated  and desposed of like trash is just simply unChristian. You know it. And God knows it.

Quoting specialwingz:

Please don't waste time praying for me.  I don't need it.  I am just fine without you, thank you.  I have lived 53 very blessed years before your typing came along.  I have lived through a deadly auto accident, stage III colon cancer, am blessed a wonderful husband and 4 beautiful kids whom I raised to be amazing adults.  All without your pity or prayer.  

Quoting AlekD:

Committing atrocities doesn't mean that they don't have a soul. To say that someone doesn't have a soul is the most evil and un-christian thing anyone can possibly say. If you are a Christian, I pray that you come to understand that before it is too late.

I wasn't yet a Christian when Saddam and Bin Laden died, but I did pray for them in my own way because even then I was smart enough to instinctually realize that even the most un-loveable people were made for God and from God's love and need our prayers more than anyone else. To be perfectly frank, to be confronted by someone like you, someone who doesn't possess that sympathetic cord to all mankind born of our relationship to all mankind as children of God, terrifies me. To meet someone who thinks they can look at someone else and determine that that person is human waste, not possessing a soul or any inherent worth whatsoever, is chilling. 

I am in no way defending this man's actions. I am defending his dignity as a human being, a child of God, just like every other soul ever created. 

Quoting specialwingz:

Sure, he had a soul...he sold it to the Devil!  People with God in their heart and soul do NOT do things as horrific as he did!

It amazes me how many people defend this guy.  Apparently, none of you had anyone there when this occured like I did.

Would YOU give as much credit to someone who committed horrible crimes against YOU or YOUR family?

Did you actually show this much compassion for Bin Laden or Sadam Hussein?







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