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Police: Dead Boston bombing suspect buried

By Jay Lindsay & Michelle R. Smith

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:50 a.m. HST, May 09, 2013

BOSTON » The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in an undisclosed location outside the city of Worcester, where it had been held for a week at a funeral home, police said today.

"As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," Worcester police said in a statement.

Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said the body was no longer in Worcester and is now entombed. Police did not disclose where the body was taken.

Tsarnaev's body had been at the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors for a week. Director Peter Stefan says he could not find a community willing to take the body, including Cambridge, where the family had lived for a decade. Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, had custody of the body.

Meanwhile, Tsarnaev's widow continues to face questions from federal authorities and has hired a criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases.

Katherine Russell added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal team, her attorney Amato DeLuca said Wednesday. Dratel has represented a number of terrorism suspects in federal courts and military commissions, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee David Hicks, who attended an al-Qaida-linked training camp in Afghanistan.

Dratel's "unique, specialized experience" will help ensure that Russell "can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive way possible," DeLuca said in a statement.

He said Russell, who has not been charged with any crime, will continue to meet with investigators as "part of a series of meetings over many hours where she has answered questions."

Providence-based DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum have been representing Russell, who is from Rhode Island. They specialize in civil cases such as personal injury law.

An FBI spokeswoman wouldn't comment when asked Wednesday whether Russell is cooperating. DeLuca has said Russell had no reason to suspect her husband and his brother in the deadly April 15 bombing.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers from southern Russia and living in Massachusetts, are accused of planting two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260.

Dzhokhar, who was captured hiding in a tarp-covered boat outside a house in a Boston suburb, was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Their mother has said the charges against them are lies.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a getaway attempt after a gunbattle with police, and no burial place has been found for him yet. His body was released by the state medical examiner May 1 and had been in limbo since.

In Washington, the first in a series of hearings was planned today to review government's initial response to the bombing, what information authorities received about the brothers before the bombings and whether they handled it correctly. The hearing on Capitol Hill comes less than three weeks after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arrest.

The FBI and CIA separately received vague warnings from Russia's government in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother were religious militants.

Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife, had wanted his body turned over to his side of the family, which claimed it. Nineteen days after his death, cemeteries still refused to take his remains and government officials deflected questions about where he could be buried.

On Wednesday, police in Worcester, west of Boston, pleaded for a resolution, saying they were spending tens of thousands of dollars to protect the funeral home where his body is being kept amid protests.

"We are not barbarians," Police Chief Gary Gemme said. "We bury the dead."

An expert in U.S. burial law said the resistance to Tsarnaev's burial is unprecedented in a country that has always found a way to put to rest its notorious killers, from Lee Harvey Oswald to Adam Lanza, who gunned down 20 children and six educators at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school last year.

Peter Stefan, whose funeral home accepted Tsarnaev's body last week, said Tuesday that none of the 120 offers of graves from the U.S. and Canada has worked out because officials in those cities and towns don't want the body.

In Russia, officials aren't commenting after Tsarnaev's mother said authorities won't allow her son's body into the country so she can bury him in her native Dagestan.

Smith reported from Providence, R.I. Associated Press writers Bridget Murphy and Rodrique Ngowi in Boston, and Arsen Mollayev in Makhachkala, Russia, also contributed to this report.

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mikethenovice wrote:
Sign on his grave should read, Please spit on me!
on May 9,2013 | 06:02AM
Ronin006 wrote:
The SA censors are at it again. The following comment was sent for approval. Why? “I would like to know the grave’s location so I can visit it and offer Tsarnaev a beer after it passes through my body.”
on May 9,2013 | 08:38AM
boshio wrote:
The difference is that Tamerlan was not an american citizen. His body should have been sent to his parents in Russia at their expense.
on May 9,2013 | 07:12AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
"Dead Boston bombing suspect buried". As opposed to the live one.
on May 9,2013 | 08:38AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Thank God Our Father, that a good Christian American has come forward and show the world that Americans are compassionate. Hope the wife files SS benefit for their child.
on May 9,2013 | 08:52AM
Anonymous wrote:
GOD DOES NOT EXIST. IF IT DID, THINGS LIKE THE BOMBINGS WOULD HAVE NOT HAPPENED. Yes, let the child be a burden on our SS system, just like all the druggies from your neck of the woods.
on May 9,2013 | 04:11PM
Anonymous wrote:
And lets not forget, its all because of RELIGION these idiots cause harm to people.
on May 9,2013 | 04:18PM
Ronin006 wrote:
They ought to build an outhouse over the grave.
on May 9,2013 | 08:56AM
iwanaknow wrote:
I fear once people find out where he is buried the desecration begins.
on May 9,2013 | 09:02AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
The body should have been dismembered then scattered in a landfill for the gulls.
on May 9,2013 | 09:06AM
What a waste of fish food. He should have been sent to join Osama.
on May 9,2013 | 09:19AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
They should have taken his filthy carcass out to a local farm and fed him to the pigs.
on May 9,2013 | 09:29AM
st1d wrote:
oswald, lanza, bundy, et. al. are not seen as heroes by militant slamics. tsarnev's grave site will attrack killer jhadists. where ever it is, when it is outed, local police will have their hands full with admirers and body grave robbers. dusting him and putting the ashes in the sea was the only way to avoid having the grave turn into a shrine.
on May 9,2013 | 12:55PM
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