Tamerlan Tsarnaev body buried in Virginia Muslim cemetery
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body has been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, reports say.
The Al-Barzakh Cemetery is located in a small community in central Virginia—about 15 miles from Richmond.
Under state law, a death certificate also includes the location of burial, The Boston Globe reported.
Tsarnaev, 26, died from "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities" and blunt trauma to his head and torso.
He died after a gunfight with authorities who had launched a massive manhunt for him and his brother, ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the United States about a decade ago. Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his younger brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing.
The secret burial this week ended a frustrating search for a community willing to take the body, which had been kept at a funeral parlor in Worcester, Mass., as cemeteries in Massachusetts and several other states refused to accept the remains.
Tsarnaevs' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, took responsibility for arranging the burial after Tamerlan's wife, Katherine Russell, said she wanted the body released to her in-laws.
Tsarni said Tsarnaev was buried in a cemetery in Doswell, Va., near Richmond, though he would not say more about the faith coalition that helped.
"The body's buried. That's it," he said.
Martha Mullen, a mental health counselor in private practice and a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, helped arrange for the burial Thursday at a small Islamic cemetery in Caroline County after hearing on the radio about the difficulty finding a burial spot for Tsarnaev.
She says has no regrets despite an angry backlash from local officials and some cemetery neighbors.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a tarp-covered boat in a backyard in Watertown, a Boston suburb, faces a charge of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Three of his college classmates were arrested and accused of helping after the bombing to remove a laptop and backpack from his dormitory room before the FBI searched it.
Residents and County officials alike caught off-guard by the news that a terrorist may now be buried in their backyard.
County officials admit they feel like they were snake-bit - not given the opportunity to say no. They don't have the money to provide security at the cemetery, the cemetery will have to incur those costs and they don't want the reputation of being a terrorists final resting place.
County leaders say if any laws were broken in the burial process they will seek to un-do the burial. They're just worried angry residents may beat them to it.
The April 15 bombing, which used pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings and metal shards, killed three people and injured more than 260 others near the marathon's finish line.
The brothers decided to carry out the attack before Independence Day when they finished assembling the bombs, the surviving suspect told interrogators after he was arrested.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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