Fury over Boston suspect burial

Muslims in the US state of Virginia have been left angered and upset after Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a Muslim cemetery near the city of Richmond.

People angry over Boston 'bomber' grave

The city of Boston released an updated death certificate for Tsarnaev showing that he was buried in Al-Barzakh Muslim Cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, outside Richmond.

It was done by individuals without our knowledge or consent.We are quite upset. It's affected thousands of Muslims and we were not consulted. It has nothing to do with us.

– Ammar Amonette, imam of the Virginia Islamic center,

His body was moved from the Boston medical examiner's office to the Worcester funeral home, but his family did not claim the body and the cities of Boston and Cambridge refused to accept his remains.

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We don't want the county to be known as the place where the remains of someone who committed this crime are buried. But if it was done legally, there is nothing much we can do about it.

– Floyd Thomas, chairman of the Caroline County Board of Supervisors

Worcester police said on Thursday a person had approached them with a solution for the body after a public plea for help.Police withheld the identify of that person.

Anger over Boston bomb suspect burial in cemetery

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia, after authorities spent a week searching for a final resting place for the ethnic Chechen's remains.

The body of Tsarnaev, who was killed in an April 19 shootout with police, was moved earlier this week from the Graham Putnam & Mahoney funeral home in Worcester, Massachusetts, police there said on Thursday.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia. Credit: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The funeral home had faced unrelenting protests over the past week as it struggled to find a cemetery willing to accept the body.

The controversy, however, appeared not have ended on Friday.

Officials from Caroline County, Virginia, where the cemetery is located, said they were reviewing the burial to make sure it was legal.

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Boston bombing suspect's body buried

Police in Worcester, Massachusetts, said the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried outside the city:

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After the Chief's public appeal, the Marathon Bombing Suspect's Body Has Been Moved From Worcester and is Entombed http://t.co/jqhXHhiymh

Police said "a courageous and compassionate individual came forward" to properly bury the remains, which had been at a funeral home for about a week.

Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said in a statement that the body "is no longer in Worcester and is now entombed".

Police issue plea for Boston bombing suspect burial site

A Massachusetts police chief pleaded for help in finding a site to bury Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying, "We are not barbarians. We bury the dead".

Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme in Massachusetts said, “There is a need to do the right thing".

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died during a shootout with police.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died during a shootout with police. Credit: EBU

The plea came a day after Chief Gemme said a deal struck to bury Tsarnaev's remains at a state prison dissolved, with state officials no longer offering their cooperation.

Tsarnaev has been dead for almost three weeks.

Funeral director Peter Stefan accepted his remains and prepared them in accordance with Muslim tradition, but no one has agreed to bury them yet.

Boston suspect's uncle arrives to arrange burial rites

The uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in shootout with police has arrived in Massachusetts to arrange for his burial, the Associated Press reported

Ruslan Tsarni, who lives in Maryland, arrived at a Worcester funeral home and met with funeral director Peter Stefan.

The funeral director said three men who accompanied Mr Tsarni plan to wash and perform Muslim burial rites on the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a shootout with police.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a shootout with police. Credit: EBU

Mr Stefan said he still hasn't found a cemetery that is willing to bury Tsarnaev. He plans to ask the city of Cambridge - where Tsarnaev lived - to provide a burial plot.

If Cambridge turns him down, Mr Stefan plans to seek help from state officials.

Mr Tsarni has denounced the acts Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhokhar, are accused of. He said they had "put shame" on his family and the Chechen community.

Struggle to find grave for Boston bombing suspect

Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Credit: EBU

A funeral director said the family of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was put in touch with him because he has handled other Muslim funerals and is known in the community.

Peter Stefan, owner of the funeral home, 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 Tsarnaev, who was wounded in the April 19 shootout and is being held in a nearby prison facility.

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

Mr Stefan said he hopes to find a burial site soon.

Read: Funeral director struggling to find a graveyard for Boston bombing suspect.

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Death certificate on how Boston bombing suspect died

Massachusetts funeral home owner said he is struggling to find a graveyard willing to accept the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shoot out 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.

"I can't pick and choose."

Tsarnaev died from gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities and blunt trauma to his head and body, according to a person familiar with the death certificate.

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Boston bombing suspect's hearing set on Monday

One of the three people taken into custody in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, is due to have his hearing on Monday, the District Attorney of Massachusetts has posted on his Twitter.

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Robel Phillipos detention and probable cause hearing set for Monday, May 6th at 2:00 pm in Courtroom #19

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Authorities search woods near Boston suspect's college

Federal, state and local authorities have been searching the woods near the University of Massachusetts' Dartmouth campus as part of their investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.

A spokeswoman for US attorney Carmen Ortiz said the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking the lead on the search and said there was no threat to public safety.

Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is recovering in a prison hospital after being wounded in a shootout with police, was a student at UMass-Dartmouth.

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