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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
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romalove
by Roma on May. 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

It's  nice to hear of people who don't just talk the talk but walk the walk.

I'm not sure that a burial site for this infamous person is a good thing for the place he's buried, as it can attract bad attention where it may not be wanted.


KreatingMe
by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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I love what the police chief said. When I heard him say that, I thought, finally, exactly right! When someone does something terrible what sense does it make to try to match the level of terrible? Wouldn't it be best to attempt to rise above and show a better way?

We aren't barbarians, he was right, we bury our dead. Refusing to bury him speaks of our hatred not his.
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by Gold Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM

The grave will be desecrated. People know where it is, or they will figure it out.

SHAME on the bomber's parents for not claiming the body of their son and leaving it up to others to take care of his body. How completely ODD that they would allow this to happen. There really is no excuse, in my opinion.

quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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Well I don't know what we were supposed to do with him. He couldn't be sent back to his country. Our burials and funerals are for the benefit of the living. His wife and child are American and still here. They deserve our compassion and the opportunity for closure and mourning.
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ashellbell
by shellbark on May. 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM
They weren't sure if Russia would accept the body. I think they probably felt their.hands were tied.


Quoting Seasidegirl:

The grave will be desecrated. People know where it is, or they will figure it out.


SHAME on the bomber's parents for not claiming the body of their son and leaving it up to others to take care of his body. How completely ODD that they would allow this to happen. There really is no excuse, in my opinion.


specialwingz
by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM

His family didn't want his body.  That's WHY there was an issue with his burial.  His wife refused his body, even his own country (Russia) refused his body.

This woman has taken a huge swat at a political and religious hornet's nest.  I would NOT want to be her now.  She has basically painted a target on her back.

Quoting ashellbell:

That's a really touching story. She sounds like a very compassionate and loving lady and someone I'd want to know in real life. No matter what he did, he still had a family and they deserve to have a place to mourn.


specialwingz
by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Russia refuse his body.

Quoting ashellbell:

They weren't sure if Russia would accept the body. I think they probably felt their.hands were tied.


Quoting Seasidegirl:

The grave will be desecrated. People know where it is, or they will figure it out.


SHAME on the bomber's parents for not claiming the body of their son and leaving it up to others to take care of his body. How completely ODD that they would allow this to happen. There really is no excuse, in my opinion.



gdiamante
by Silver Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I heard an interview with Martha Mullen on All Things Considered yesterday afternoon. Here's the link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=182938654

Mullen quotes Scripture repeatedly:

CORNISH: Now, you took it upon yourself to find a cemetery that would bury his body, and you don't have a connection to his family, so why get involved?

MULLEN: Well, I was listening to NPR and I heard the story ongoing that he was unable to be buried and that people are protesting him. And it made me think of Jesus' words: Love your enemies. I felt that, also, he was being maligned probably because he was Muslim.

And Jesus tells us to - in the parable of the Good Samaritan - to love your neighbor as yourself. And your neighbor is not just someone you belong with but someone who is alien to you. That was the biggest motivation, is that, you know, if I'm going to live my faith, then I'm going to do that which is uncomfortable and not necessarily that's what comfortable.

...

CORNISH: Martha, you heard about the story because of the protests. And did you have concerns about making this move that you would become the target of protests or people would have a real problem with what you were doing?

MULLEN: Well, I thought about that, but there's a line in the Scripture that says whether we live or whether we die, we're the Lord's. And I feel like - I don't think anything really horrible is going to happen to me. I think people are probably going to be upset and irritated and disagree with what this interfaith group has decided to go forward with, but I feel like it was the right thing and it's important to be true to the principle of your faith.

ashellbell
by shellbark on May. 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM
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His parents did want his body, his country wouldn't accept it. The fact that this woman might have a mark on her back doesn't say anything good about our society.


Quoting specialwingz:

His family didn't want his body.  That's WHY there was an issue with his burial.  His wife refused his body, even his own country (Russia) refused his body.

This woman has taken a huge swat at a political and religious hornet's nest.  I would NOT want to be her now.  She has basically painted a target on her back.

Quoting ashellbell:

That's a really touching story. She sounds like a very compassionate and loving lady and someone I'd want to know in real life. No matter what he did, he still had a family and they deserve to have a place to mourn.



usmc0351wife
by on May. 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

So much for keeping the location undisclosed. People just need to move on. Hell that cemetery doesn't look fancy at all. I've just learned to move on and let the worms and cockroaches eat his corpse. 

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