No cemeteries in Massachusetts will bury Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body, according to Peter Stefan of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors of Worcester, Mass.
Tsarnaev's body was released by the medical examiner on Thursday. It's been 17 days since he died after a shoot-out with police in Watertown, Mass., on April 19.
The Associated Press reported that Stefan might ask the city of Cambridge to bury him there, but according to a statement the Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy gave on Sunday, there has been no formal application for a burial permit or purchase of a cemetery plot. Healy urged Stefan not to request a burial permit for the city-owned Cambridge Cemetery, saying that the city "would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment."
Stefan said that he has received calls from people calling him "un-American" for handling Tamerlan Tsarnaev's funeral.
Protesters chanted outside his Worcester funeral home on Sunday. One sign read: "Do not bury him on U.S. soil." Others yelled that Tsarnaev's body be thrown into the sea like Osama bin Laden's was. One protester yelled, "The devil is waiting for him!" Another said, "He needs to be fed to the sharks. I don't think the sharks would want him, either."
Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, arrived this weekend in Massachusetts to arrange for his nephew's burial. He said that he understands that "no one wants to associate their names with such evil events." Tsarni, with three of his friends, plans to wash and shroud Tsarnaev's body according to Muslim tradition. Tsarni hopes to bury Tsarnaev in Massachusetts.
Yet, Stefan told The Boston Globe that Tsarnaev's mother wants her son's body to be sent to Russia for burial. To date, there has been no approval by the U.S. State Department or by Russian authorities to approve the shipment of his body.
In response to the protestors, Governor Deval Patrick said what happens to Tamerlan's body "isn't a state or a federal issue" but Tsarnaev's family's issue.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who is facing federal charges, allegedly bombed the Boston Marathon on April 15, which killed three and injured more than 260 people. The official cause of Tamerlan's death reported by the state medical examiner was gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and torso. Police stated that while they were attempting to handcuff Tamerlan after a shootout, Dzhokhar ran over him as he attempted to escape.
The Tsarnaevs' uncle, Tsarni, has publicly denounced the acts of his nephews on more than one occasion, stating that they brought shame to the family and the entire Chechen community. The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens who came to the United States nearly ten years ago with their parents; their parents returned to Dagestan in southern Russia in 2012.
Dzhokhar remains in a prison hospital and faces the death penalty if convicted of the terrorism.
It appears that radical Islam influenced their alleged actions.