The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried at last, 19 days after his death.
An official from a funeral home briefed on the situation said Tsarnaev’s remains were removed on Wednesday from the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass., and buried somewhere outside Massachusetts, AP reports. Tsarnaev’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni approved the burial location.
“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. His body is no longer in the City of Worcester and is now entombed,” Worcester police said in a statement.
In the weeks following the April 15 terror attack at the Boston Marathon, which killed three and wounded more than 250, Tsarnaev’s family struggled to find a place to bury the alleged perpetrator, who was killed in a shoot-out with police four days after the bombings.
City officials in Cambridge, Mass., said the city cemetery would reject Tsarnaev’s body, as did a Boston-area mosque and other private cemeteries. But an unnamed Yale graduate made headlines when he offered one of his family’s burial plots in Hamden, Conn.; and rumors circulated about the Colorado Muslim Society offering a burial location, but officials from the organization denied it, the Denver Post reports.
Elected officials also weighed in on where Tsarnaev’s body should go.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday the matter of burial was up to the family. But Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who is currently in a close Senate race, disagrees.
"I think that the body should be controlled by the federal government," Markey said. "But if the people of Massachusetts do not want that terrorist to be buried on our soil, then it should not be."