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Struggle To Find Grave Site Stymies Boston Bombing Suspect's Burial

Garrett Plath (L), 20, and Kyle Senechal (C), 21, both of North Attleborough, protest outside the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, where they believe deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body is being held, as police leave the funeral home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts May 2, 2013.

Garrett Plath (L), 20, and Kyle Senechal (C), 21, both of North Attleborough, protest outside the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, where they believe deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body is being held, as police leave the funeral home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts May 2, 2013.

BOSTON — A Massachusetts funeral home owner said he is struggling to find a graveyard willing to accept the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed in a shootout with police four days after an attack that left three dead and 264 injured.

Peter Stefan, owner of the funeral home in Worcester, Massachusetts, said he would turn to government officials for help if he cannot find a resting place for Tsarnaev soon.

"Everyone deserves a burial. It doesn't matter who it is," Stefan said in a telephone interview with Reuters on Friday. "I can't pick and choose."

Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are suspected of planting and detonating two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring 264. Ten people lost limbs.

The bombing was the worst attack on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Stefan said he had faced criticism for his decision to accept the body of Tsarnaev, and was prepared for protests outside his business, the Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors.

Tamerlan's wife, Katherine Russell, declined to pick up Tsarnaev's body from the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's office, allowing his relatives to claim the remains and arrange for a funeral. His body, released on Thursday, was initially taken to another funeral home.

Stefan said Tsarnaev's family was put in touch with him because he has handled other Muslim funerals and is known in the community.

He declined to identify the graveyard officials he has spoken with thus far, saying he hopes to change their minds.

He compared his efforts on behalf of Tsarnaev to the doctors who treated him and the lawyers preparing to defend the ethnic Chechen's younger brother, Dzhokhar, who was wounded in the April 19 shootout and is being held in a nearby prison facility.

Stefan said he hopes to find a burial site soon.

"This is a situation that has to be dealt with. It has gone on way too long," Stefan said.

Comments

VietVet1 1 year, 2 months ago

Don't they have a waste water treatment plant around there?

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LuLu 1 year, 2 months ago

Throw it to the fishies like they did UBL.

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waltspecht 1 year, 2 months ago

There are many parts of this world that would consider this individual a Hero and Religious Warrior fallen in battle. Should we give the body to them so they can proclaim his marterdom? Or should he simply be buried in a pauper's grave, face down, with a pig skin for his burial shroud and definately not facing Mecca. Or would others scream we were using his relegion against him? I believe it would reinforce an example of the consequences of certain actions.

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rosaharris 1 year, 2 months ago

Someone donate him a burial plot in Albany because it would bring people in that want to visit his grave site. Hell you could even make a museum attraction for it. Could make some money off the jerk.

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