Associated Press

May 6, 2013

The uncle of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived in Massachusetts on Sunday to arrange for his nephew’s burial, while the funeral director struggled to find a cemetery in the state willing to take the body.

The suspect’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni and three of his friends met with the director of a Worcester funeral home and prepared to wash and shroud Tsarnaev’s body according to Muslim tradition.

The 26-year-old died after a gun battle with police on April 19.

As part of its ongoing investigation into the bombings, the FBI conducted a court-authorised search in Cambridge on Sunday, said a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s press office.

He declined to elaborate further.

Tsarni told reporters that he is arranging for Tsarnaev’s burial because religion and tradition call for his nephew to be buried.

He would like him buried in Massachusetts because he’s lived in the state for the last decade, he said.

Funeral director Peter Stefan said he hasn’t been able to find a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to take the body.

He said he plans to ask the city of Cambridge, where Tsarnaev lived, to provide a burial plot, and if Cambridge turns him down, he will seek help from state officials.

Protesters gathered outside the Worcester funeral home where Tsarnaev’s body was taken.

Some have called the funeral home un-American for taking the body, but Stefan said he can’t pick and choose who he buries.

“I can’t control what he did. The person is dead. I’m burying a dead body. That’s all it is,” he said.

Tsarnaev, who had appeared in surveillance photos wearing a black cap and was identified as Suspect No. 1, died days after the April 15 bombing at the marathon finish line, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, was captured.

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  • noz
    6 May 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    burying the terrorist in MA or america’s soil in general represents bad omen. the opponents have the right to vent their frustrations, through protests. americans must stick hard on their principles to get rid of the terrorist body out of the USA to symbolize he was a POS in life and death.

    the terrorist’s mother is simply despicable to demand, if her son will not be allowed to be buried in MA, then taxpayers must pay for transporting the body to russia. what a bloodsucker criminal. this woman can get the body, the cheaper way in a covered vase or a canister, it doesn’t matter if the muslims do not believe in cremation, maybe this is the only way she can convince the taxpayers to pay. i am sure, too many americans out there will not even give their pennies on her disgusting insistent. this jihadist mother should just ask the cash from the al-qaeda, hamas, hezbollah, muslim brotherhood, etc, i am sure she belong to any of these terrorist groups known to be loaded with cash.