Tamerlan Tsarnaev Buried In Virginia

The body of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a cemetery in Central Virginia:

The remains of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev have been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, a small community in central Virginia about 15 miles from the state capital of Richmond.

Tsarnaev’s remains are interred at the Al-Barzakh Cemetery, the first Muslim cemetery in central Virginia, according to two sources briefed on the situation. Officials from the cemetery could not immediately be reached for comment.

The burial was coordinated by a Virginia woman who saw news reports about the protest outside the Worcester funeral home, where it had languished for nearly a week, and decided to help. She said today that she had reached out to the Islamic Society of Greater Richmond and asked if they could help facilitate the burial. The society then secured a burial plot in the cemetery and coordinated the body’s transfer Wednesday night.

On the official Virginia tourism webpage, Doswell is described as a village once known as Hanover Junction because two railroad lines that played a role in the Civil War are located nearby. Doswell is part of Hanover County, which is located about 15 miles from the state capital of Richmond, and is also listed as the birthplace of Triple Crown Winner, Secretariat.

Tsarnaev’s body was removed from the funeral home without any public notice. Only after it was buried did Worcester police publicly announce both the removal of the remains and its entombment. Police said only that the remains were “entombed” somewhere outside Worcester.

I’m actually somewhat surprised that this became public at all, never mind that it became public so quickly. Given the controversy surrounding the fate of Tsarneav’s remains, I would have thought that everyone involved would have preferred secrecy. Hopefully, one of my fellow Virginians won’t do anything stupid.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed for too young in July 2021.

Comments

  1. Hopefully, one of my fellow Virginians will do anything stupid.

    I’m hoping that was supposed to be a “won’t”!

  2. Doswell is part of Hanover County, which is located about 15 miles from the state capital of Richmond, and is also listed as the birthplace of Triple Crown Winner, Secretariat.

    Doswell is an unincorporated community which includes a portion of Hanover and Caroline Counties. Secretariat was born in the Caroline portion, on the site that is now being used by the State Fair of Virginia.

    The cemetery is actually in Caroline too, going by the address I’ve found there archive.org (it looks like the cemetery itself has removed its address from their website).

  3. ernieyeball says:

    @Stormy Dragon: I took the error to be “one” for “none”.

  4. 11B40 says:

    Greetings:

    I guess that there was no space left next to Bin Laden.

  5. CSK says:

    I’m curious as to who leaked this information and why. Given the number of people from all over who have expressed a desire to vandalize the grave, why make the location public?

  6. @Stormy Dragon:

    Yea I fixed that. So much for the idea that I had enough coffee this morning

  7. @Timothy Watson:

    Yea I saw that part about Secretariat in the article and thought they’d gotten it wrong.

  8. @Doug Mataconis: We folks here in Caroline County have to defend our one claim to fame! 🙂

    Although, we might have another one with this now.

  9. Mike says:

    Next time I’m up that way, I’d like to lay a pork loin on his grave.

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Hopefully, one of my fellow Virginians won’t do anything stupid.

    What…. Like vote for Cuccinelli for Governor?

    @Mike:

    Next time I’m up that way, I’d like to lay a pork loin on his grave.

    Yeah!! That’ll show him! That’s one way to waste a perfectly good pork loin.

  11. CSK says:

    Slightly OT, but ABC is now reporting that investigators have forensic evidence connecting the two brothers to a triple homicide that occurred in Waltham, Mass., in 2011. Three men, one of them Tamerlan’s former roommate, were found with their throats cut and marijuana sprinkled over the corpses.

  12. CSK says:

    According to http://www.boston.com, the people in Doswell don’t seem very happy about this.

  13. @CSK: Local media quoted the Sheriff asking citizens to stop calling 911 about the burial.

  14. CSK says:

    @Timothy Watson:

    Why would you call 911? To report an interment-in-progress?

    Seriously, though, I just read, again in the Boston Globe, that the sheriff and the chairman of the board of country supervisors are looking into whether the burial was legal. If it wasn’t, what happens? They dig him up and schlepp him around the country till they find someplace that’s willing to take him?

  15. @CSK: It’s Caroline County, it’s hard to explain. You have to live here to understand. And don’t get me started on my local government…

  16. PJ says:

    Just wondering, how many would a person need to kill before that person won’t get a burial? Are there other crimes that should lead to a refusal to be buried? When Ariel Castro dies, should his remains be buried?

  17. @OzarkHillbilly:

    Yeah!! That’ll show him! That’s one way to waste a perfectly good pork loin.

    No joke…..

    This dude is dead. He cannot hurt us and, just as obvious, we cannot hurt him. All this stuff is posing.

  18. @CSK:

    If it wasn’t, what happens? They dig him up and schlepp him around the country till they find someplace that’s willing to take him?

    Quick get me 20th Century Fox! I got the plot for Weekend at Bernie’s III!!!

  19. CSK says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    Yeah, I know. It could be a whole franchise:

    Weekend at Tamerlan’s: Virginia
    Weekend at Tamerlan’s: Georgia
    Weekend at Tamerlan’s: Maine
    Weekend at Tamerlan’s: Wyoming

    Do all the states and you have fifty years’ worth of summer blockbusters.

    But this is all going back to my original point: If he was buried in secret, without the knowledge of the county board of supervisors, or any other authority who might have a say in the matter, who leaked the news, and to what end?

  20. @CSK: Yeah, there’s also the fact that there’s 12 other people buried there. What are they going to do with their remains?

  21. John Allen Muhammad killed and terrorized a hell of a lot more people.  His burial was handled with appropriate dignity and respect.  There is no reason for Tsarnaev’s burial to proceed any differently.   People need to grow up and learn how to move on.  This where is the body routine serves no one and nothing.

  22. Tyrell says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: “You can go home pig or pork.” (Marshall Dillon, “Gunsmoke”)
    I guess this guy made his choice!!