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Funeral home: No one wants to bury bomb suspect

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 4, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.

BOSTON — A funeral home director was scrambling to find a cemetery that would bury a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, ignoring protesters gathered outside his business and saying everybody deserves a dignified burial service no matter the circumstances of his or her death.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died from "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities" and blunt trauma to his head and torso, said Worcester funeral home owner Peter Stefan, who has Tsarnaev's body and on Friday read details from his death certificate. The certificate lists the time of his death as 1:35 a.m. on April 19, four days after the deadly bombing, Stefan said.

Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with authorities who had launched a massive manhunt for him and his brother, ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the United States about a decade ago. Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his younger brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing.

Tsarnaev's family was making arrangements Friday for his funeral as investigators searched the woods near a college attended by 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured less than a day after his brother's death.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body was released by the state medical examiner Thursday. It initially was taken to a North Attleborough funeral home, where it was greeted by about 20 protesters, before being taken to Stefan's Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors, which is familiar with Muslim services.

"My problem here is trying to find a gravesite. A lot of people don't want to do it. They don't want to be involved with this," said Stefan, who said dozens of protesters gathered outside his funeral home, upset with his decision to handle the service. "I keep bringing up the point of Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh or Ted Bundy. Somebody had to do those, too."

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TigerInArk says... May 4, 2013 at 3:11 p.m.

If he is buried in the U.S., someone please exhume his body and either burn it, or let wild animals eat it.

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Populist says... May 5, 2013 at 10:09 a.m.

He should be buried with the fishes. Actually, dumping his remains in the Boston trash dump would be more fitting, but I am sure it would violate health laws. I hope his crazy, hateful mother is proud of herself. I can't believe that his family wants another autopsy. What part about dying in a gunfight with police do they not get? Crazy people.

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jgbear says... May 5, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Let his family take him back to his home country for burial.

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T6 says... May 5, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.

Gosh Populist you just don't like mothers..... You demeaned Nancy Lanza and never heard her utter a hateful word. Now if she had been like these two terrorist's mother I could understand your vitriol. At least the taxpayer didn't pay for welfare as we did with this one and his brother.

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