Uncle arranging Boston bomb suspect’s burial rites

WORCESTER, Mass. — A Cambridge city official is urging the family of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM’-ehr-lun tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) and the funeral director who has Tsarnaev’s body not to request a burial permit in the city.

Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy says in a statement today there has been no formal application for a burial permit or purchase of a cemetery plot.

Healy says it would not be in the best interest of the city to execute a deed for a plot at Cambridge Cemetery for Tsarnaev’s body. He said the city would be “adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests and wide spread media presence at such an interment.” He said the families who have loved ones interred there also deserve to have their deceased family members rest in peace.

Funeral director Peter Stefan said he hasn’t been able to find a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to take the body. He said he planned to ask the city of Cambridge, where Tsarnaev lived, to provide a burial plot. He said he would next seek help from state officials.



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