Cemeteries across Massachusetts are refusing to bury the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspected Boston Marathon bomber who was killed in a shoot out with police last month.
Tsarnaev’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni had arrived in Massachusetts with two other men to perform traditional Muslim washing prior to burial.
“Tamerlan Tsarnaev has no other place to be buried,” Tsarni said. “There is no other place that would accept his body. He lived in America, he grew up here. Any contemplations that his body should be taken to his home country, they cannot believe. His home country was indeed Cambridge, Massachusetts.”
The situation is frustrating for the undertaker.
“We have to bury this guy,” said Peter Stefan of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester. “Whatever it is, whoever he is, in this country, we bury people. I don’t care who it is. That’s what I do. I don’t have circumstances to deal with. I can’t separate sins from sinners. I can’t pick and choose. This is what we do.”
His brother Dzhokhar is in a prison hospital already charged with his role in the bombing that killed three and maimed and injured dozens of others. Three friends of his are accused of trying to stymie the investigation by destroying evidence.