A FUNERAL home director is trying to find a cemetery that would bury the body of a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
As protesters gathered outside the funeral parlour of Peter Stefan in Worcester, Massachusetts, he said everybody deserved a dignified burial service no matter the circumstances of their death.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died from “gunshot wounds of torso and extremities” and blunt trauma to his head and torso, said Stefan.
Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with authorities hunting for him and his brother, ethnic Chechens from Russia who went 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.
Tsarnaev’s family is making arrangements for his funeral, as investigators searched the woods near a college attended by 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured less than a day after his brother’s death.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body was released by the Massachusetts medical examiner on Thursday. It initially was taken to a North Attleborough funeral home, where it was greeted by about 20 protesters, before being taken to Stefan’s Graham Putnam & MahoneyFuneral Parlours, a company which is familiar with Muslim services.
“My problem here is trying to find a gravesite. A lot of people don’t want to do it. They don’t want to be involved with this,” said Stefan, who said dozens of protesters gathered outside his funeral home, upset with his decision to handle the service. “I keep bringing up the point of Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh or Ted Bundy. Somebody had to do those, too.”
Meanwhile, two US officials said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators that he and his brother initially considered setting off their bombs on 4 July.
Boston police said they planned to review security for the Independence Day Boston Pops concert and fireworks display, which draws a crowd of more than 500,000 annually and is broadcast to a national TV audience.
Authorities plan to review security for events held in other cities, notably the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square, Massachusetts state police spokesman David Procopio said.
As part of the bombing investigation, federal, state and local authorities searched the woods near the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student.
Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for US attorney Carmen Ortiz, could not say what investigators were looking for but said there was no threat to public safety.
Three of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college classmates were arrested on Wednesday and accused of helping after the bombing to remove a laptop and backpack from his dormitory before the FBI searched it. The 15 April 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.