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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 (31-40):
stringtheory
by Gold Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Was cremation not an option? It seems like that could have avoided an actual place for morons to protest. How long will this cemetary have to have police protection now, wasting money and personnel? Is cremation not an option in Islam?
specialwingz
by on May. 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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The fact that he was investigated and not deported in the first place says even more.  He should have been sent back to Russia when the first signs of trouble came to light years ago.  But, it's this attitude that you present that keeps these people in our country to go on to do things like this.

His country not allowing him to be buried on their soil should have been a good example for the U.S. to follow.

Quoting ashellbell:

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.




gdiamante
by Silver Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Cremation is not an option in Islam.

Quoting stringtheory:

Was cremation not an option? It seems like that could have avoided an actual place for morons to protest. How long will this cemetary have to have police protection now, wasting money and personnel? Is cremation not an option in Islam?


AlekD
by Gold Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM


I'm not sure but I kinda assumed that cremation is not in line with Islamic tradition. Maybe one of our Muslim members can clarify.

Quoting stringtheory:

Was cremation not an option? It seems like that could have avoided an actual place for morons to protest. How long will this cemetary have to have police protection now, wasting money and personnel? Is cremation not an option in Islam?



delilahsmom1177
by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM

To be 100% honest if my child did something like this I would no longer have a child. I would mourn her like she were dead weather she was alive or not. I would not accept any person who would do something like this as my family.

Quoting ashellbell:

Would you feel that way if he were your child that had done this? I know that there's no evil that my child could commit that would make me stop loving her or prevent me from wanting to mourn her.


Quoting Liz132: Should have cremated him and flushed him down a toilet.


I'm tattooed,pagan,pro-choice,pro-legalizing marijuana,pro-gay marriage,anti-war,non-vaxing,tree hugging,animal loving,book reading,animal testing free,depression battling, trying to raise a free spirit and letting her be who she is but still teaching her important life lessons,fighting for equal rights at the same time,don't like it get over it.

ashellbell
by shellbark on May. 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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My attitude of what? Expecting us not to be barbarians and give his daughter, mother, father, aunt a place to go and mourn the man he was before he turned in to a monster? What he did was atrocious but he's no worse than all the other murderers that get a proper burial. I choose to forgive, I choose to respect his family and let them have a place to bury their kin. If that were my child, I'd want a place to go to. We are not barbarians, we should be better than those who harm us.


Quoting specialwingz:

The fact that he was investigated and not deported in the first place says even more.  He should have been sent back to Russia when the first signs of trouble came to light years ago.  But, it's this attitude that you present that keeps these people in our country to go on to do things like this.

His country not allowing him to be buried on their soil should have been a good example for the U.S. to follow.

Quoting ashellbell:

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.






ashellbell
by shellbark on May. 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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So, you'd flush your child down the toilet?


Quoting delilahsmom1177:

To be 100% honest if my child did something like this I would no longer have a child. I would mourn her like she were dead weather she was alive or not. I would not accept any person who would do something like this as my family.

Quoting ashellbell:

Would you feel that way if he were your child that had done this? I know that there's no evil that my child could commit that would make me stop loving her or prevent me from wanting to mourn her.





Quoting Liz132: Should have cremated him and flushed him down a toilet.



Sisteract
by Whoopie on May. 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM


Quoting KreatingMe:

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.

ITA!

SuperChicken
by on May. 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Very kind.  

With some of the nasty things I've seen, I hope this isn't a case of no good deed goes unpunished.

delilahsmom1177
by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I would have no part in anything done with her body. I would mourn her if she was alive or dead because to me she would be.

Quoting ashellbell:

So, you'd flush your child down the toilet?


Quoting delilahsmom1177:

To be 100% honest if my child did something like this I would no longer have a child. I would mourn her like she were dead weather she was alive or not. I would not accept any person who would do something like this as my family.

Quoting ashellbell:

Would you feel that way if he were your child that had done this? I know that there's no evil that my child could commit that would make me stop loving her or prevent me from wanting to mourn her.





Quoting Liz132: Should have cremated him and flushed him down a toilet.




I'm tattooed,pagan,pro-choice,pro-legalizing marijuana,pro-gay marriage,anti-war,non-vaxing,tree hugging,animal loving,book reading,animal testing free,depression battling, trying to raise a free spirit and letting her be who she is but still teaching her important life lessons,fighting for equal rights at the same time,don't like it get over it.

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