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Boston bomber denied final resting place

06 May 2013, 14:00

New York - The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, wants to make one thing clear: They do not want the late Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev buried in their town.

Tsarnaev, 26, and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar - who is currently hospitalised and facing terror charges - are accused of having carried out the 15 April bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Although he was an ethnic Chechen born in the former Soviet Union, Tamerlan Tsarnaev he spent the last decade in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy issued a statement on Sunday saying he did not want Tsarnaev buried in his jurisdiction.

"The difficult and stressful efforts of the residents of the city of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests and wide spread media presence at such an interment," Healy's statement read.

He then quoted state law that said the city manager's duty is to be the main keeper of the peace within the city.

"I have determined that it is not in the interest of 'peace within the city' to execute a cemetery deed for a plot within the Cambridge Cemetery for the body of Tamerlin Tsarnaev," Healy wrote.

Family gather

Tsarnaev's uncle Ruslan Tsarni, who blasted the brothers as "losers" soon after the bombing, travelled from the state of Maryland on Sunday with relatives to the funeral home where Tamerlan's body is being held and prepare it for burial in accordance with Muslim rituals.

The body is currently at the Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlour in Worcester, a suburb of the greater Boston area.

Funeral director Peter Stefan, however, told journalists he has not found a cemetery in the state willing to take the body.

"We have to bury this guy. Whatever it is, whoever he is, in this country we bury people," Stefan told local media on Sunday.

Protesters, meanwhile, have gathered outside the funeral home waving US flags and clutching signs demanding that the body be sent to Russia.

A local activist has even started a fund to ship out the body.

"I'm left alone to deal with this matter," Tsarni told journalists outside the funeral home.

"His home country was indeed Cambridge, Massachusetts for the last 10 years."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died of gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and torso, while fleeing police after engaging in a shoot-out three days after the bombing.



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