Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev Proving To Be Difficult
The funeral home that has the body of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is having a hard time finding some place to bury him:
A Worcester funeral home director was scrambling last night to find a cemetery that would bury the marathon bombings mastermind, as protesters jeered outside his door demanding that the bomber’s body be shipped out of the United States.
Emotions ran high outside the Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlor, which is handling the unenviable task of burying terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
“He should burn in hell,” said Ann Mink of Worcester, who was part of the sign-toting crowd.
Added Theresa Noye: “I would put him on a boat and drop him in the ocean with Osama bin Laden.”
Funeral home owner Peter Stefan told the Herald he has reached out to four cemeteries where Muslims are buried and so far all have turned him down.
Stefan said it would be impossible to send the body back to Russia and added the family wants Tsarnaev buried in Boston.
“They want to bury him here, in Boston, in a Muslim cemetery,” he said. “I’m not going to hold him too long, the federal government is involved in this. If need be I will request help from them. A person has to be buried. Period.
“If we had Hitler here, we would bury Hitler,” Stefan added.
A terrorism expert said the U.S. government should ship Tsarnaev’s body back to his parents in the Caucasus region of Russia.
“I don’t think any cemetery deserves this kind of development. I think any burial — as long as it’s known where he is — they might vandalize the cemetery,” said Edith Flynn, professor emeritus at Northeastern University and a terrorism expert. “My idea in terms of returning the body to Dagestan would be a way to get rid of the problem.”
Flynn said the U.S. government should put Tsarnaev’s body on a military cargo plane a soon as possible.
Reportedly, Tsarnaev’s widow, now living with her parents in Rhode Island, wants nothing to do with any funeral and all the arrangements are being handled by an Uncle from Maryland and one of Tsarnaev’s sisters. Returning the body to Russia doesn’t really seem very practical to me, but it’s understandable why nobody would want to be associated with the bombings.