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Funeral home: No one wants to bury bomb suspect

By Bob Salsberg & Steve LeBlanc

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:54 p.m. HST, May 04, 2013

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."

Meanwhile, two U.S. officials said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators that he and his brother initially considered setting off their bombs on July Fourth.

Boston police said they planned to review security procedures for the Independence Day Boston Pops concert and fireworks display, which draws a crowd of more than 500,000 annually and is broadcast to a national TV audience. Authorities plan to look at security procedures for large events held in other cities, notably the massive New Year's Eve celebration held each year in New York City's Times Square, Massachusetts state police spokesman David Procopio said.

Gov. Deval Patrick said everything possible will be done to assure a safe event.

As part of the bombing investigation, federal, state and local authorities were searching the woods near the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student. Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, could not say what investigators were looking for but said residents should know there is no threat to public safety.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a tarp-covered boat in a backyard in Watertown, a Boston suburb, faces a charge of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Three of his college classmates were arrested Wednesday and accused of helping after the bombing to remove a laptop and backpack from his dormitory room before the FBI searched it.

The April 15 bombing, which used pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings and metal shards, killed three people and injured more than 260 others near the marathon's finish line.

The brothers decided to carry out the attack before Independence Day when they finished assembling the bombs, the surviving suspect told interrogators after he was arrested, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Investigators believe some of the explosives used in the attack were assembled in Tamerlan Tsarnaev's home, though there may have been some assembly elsewhere, one of the officials said. It does not appear that the brothers ever had big, definitive plans, the official said.

The brothers' mother insists the allegations against them are lies.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security ordered border agents to immediately begin verifying that every international student who arrives in the U.S. has a valid student visa, according to an internal memorandum obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The new procedure is the government's first security change directly related to the Boston bombings.

The order from a senior official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, David J. Murphy, was circulated Thursday and came one day after President Barack Obama's administration acknowledged that one of the students accused of hiding evidence, Azamat Tazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, was allowed to return to the U.S. in January without a valid student visa.

Tazhayakov's lawyer has said he had nothing to do with the bombing and was shocked by it.


Associated Press writers Bridget Murphy and Mark Pratt in Boston and Pete Yost, Eileen Sullivan and Alicia A. Caldwell in Washington contributed to this report.

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olos73 wrote:
Just send the body back to Russia. Let his mother and father do what they like.
on May 4,2013 | 09:11AM
aomohoa wrote:
Good idea but who is going to pay for it.?
on May 4,2013 | 12:03PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I would - after you cremate the evil body it would probably weigh less than a pound. What's that, about 10 bucks for usps priority mail flat rate?
on May 4,2013 | 01:38PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Just send enough ashes to make a 46 cent letter.
on May 4,2013 | 04:31PM
yrusodz wrote:
mail the ashes to mike in place of the lump of coal he should get for Christmas.
on May 5,2013 | 05:33AM
IAmSane wrote:
His family...?
on May 4,2013 | 04:31PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Send it C.O.D. with no return address.
on May 4,2013 | 07:04PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Return To Sender? Dead Letter Section?
on May 4,2013 | 04:30PM
yrusodz wrote:
I am really surprised that allie hasn't posted on this thread saying that he's an American and that this was domestic terrorism and somehow tying in his/her hatred for Hawaiians implying that they are the most likely next domestic terrorist group.
on May 4,2013 | 07:42PM
aomohoa wrote:
I'm surprised too about allie. But i think it was the younger brother that got his citizenship not the dead older brother. Am I wrong?
on May 4,2013 | 08:23PM
yrusodz wrote:
of course you are correct but when has the facts or truth stopped that nut allie?
on May 5,2013 | 05:29AM
aomohoa wrote:
LOL! True:)
on May 5,2013 | 10:06AM
SteveToo wrote:
Just dump it in the ocean. Let the fish take care of the bum.
on May 4,2013 | 09:46AM
false wrote:
In the Atlantic.That's a good one.
on May 4,2013 | 03:34PM
yrusodz wrote:
Steve, have some respect for the environment. The ashes need to go through sewage treatment before allowing into the ocean. Flush it down the toilet first so it will pass through the sewage treatment process.
on May 5,2013 | 05:38AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Where do they bury people executed in prisons? That's where he should go.
on May 4,2013 | 10:06AM
st1d wrote:
the burial site will be used as a place of worship for thoses who believe he died as a martyr and not as roadkill by his brother.

better that his body be cremated and the ashes spread in a pig sty.

on May 4,2013 | 10:59AM
aomohoa wrote:
Throw his body in the ocean like Bin Laden so that doesn't happen.
on May 4,2013 | 12:05PM
Hawaiians wrote:
Burn it and send the ashes back to Russia via USPS.
on May 4,2013 | 05:50PM
aomohoa wrote:
Throw his body in the ocean like Bin Laden, that way he won't be worshiped as a martyr.
on May 4,2013 | 12:05PM
kahuku01 wrote:
IRTaomohoa: Use the method that will cost the least to the taxpayers. Since no family member is willing to claim the body, I agree that they should have a Coast Guard ship go out on a training mission and dump it like they did with Bin Laden and stop prolonging any decisions on what to do and put an end to this murderer. At the same time, the US government should strip his brother, Dzhokhar Tsamaev, of his US naturalized citizenship because of committing treason, which is one way a naturalized citizen may lose their citizenship. His three friends should serve time in jail and deported to their country when their time is up and never be able to return to the US.
on May 5,2013 | 07:15AM
knfd297clear wrote:
Fill his casket with pig entrails them dump it in a landfill.
on May 4,2013 | 02:09PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
See no American Christians on board today.
on May 4,2013 | 02:39PM
false wrote:
Why does he need a casket. Card board box is enough. Cremation doesn't even need a box or a bag. Done.
on May 4,2013 | 03:36PM
aomohoa wrote:
Let's not contaminate our landfill.
on May 4,2013 | 08:24PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Since this man lowered himself lower than a animal by committing this crime, he should be buried with the other pets in the dead animal section of the City And County.
on May 4,2013 | 04:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
Sorry, animals are precious creatures. They are much better than this creep. The funeral home should contact the family- either they find a burial place, or the funeral home will cremate- and send the ashes to Russia. Cremation would be the cheapest way to get rid of him. Cremation is not in the Muslim faith- but if the family does not pay for his burial- cremation is what they should get.
on May 4,2013 | 07:18PM
aomohoa wrote:
Don't you dare act like this evil person belongs with our departed pets.
on May 4,2013 | 08:25PM
Mana07 wrote:
Dump what is left of this sack of garbage into the ocean, like Bin Laden...I hear these Islamic extremists like that. And NO not everyone deserves a dignified burial service...
on May 4,2013 | 04:33PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Put the body in a trash bag, put it in a garbage dumpster, and send it to the landfill or incineration center. That's what should happen to terrorists simple and cheap.
on May 4,2013 | 06:59PM
sak wrote:
Flush him down the Toilet so that he'll be processed as the Sewage he was, at the sewage treatment plant! Either in tiny pieces or ashes KAKA IS KAKA!
on May 5,2013 | 05:04AM
yrusodz wrote:
LOL!! I posted the same thing further up before I saw yours.
on May 5,2013 | 05:39AM
fshnpoi wrote:
treat him as medical waste
on May 5,2013 | 05:45AM
localgirl2 wrote:
to begin authorizing every student with a foreign student visa....what in heck has been going on in the past?! Agree, no burial, a potters cremation. Nothing more...send the ashes back to where he came from. No huge amount of money to do this please. Cremate, get rid of most of the ashes in a landfill. Send some back in an envelope or flat fate. No return address!!
on May 5,2013 | 06:06AM
fwurstiv wrote:
cremate him and move on. he wouldn't make good fertilizer.
on May 5,2013 | 07:03AM
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