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.
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.
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.
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.