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Burial spot found for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Worcester police Sgt. Kerry Hazelsays a "courageous and compassionate" individual came forth and helped to provide a burial spot for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The body of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a secret spot Thursday, ending a week of controversy and uncertainty over his final resting place.

Police in Worcester, Mass., did not disclose the location of the plot.

"A courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," police said in a statement. "His body is no longer in the City of Worcester and is now entombed."

The transfer of the body came a day after Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme practically begged someone to find a place where Tsarnaev, who was killed during a firefight with police, could be laid to rest.

Cambridge Police Dept. file

A burial site has been found for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“There is a need to do the right thing," Gemme said. "We are not barbarians. We bury the dead.”

The question of what to do with the accused bomber's remains had roiled the community. Protests sprang up outside Peter Stefan's funeral home after he accepted the body and prepared it in accordance with Muslim tradition.

The city of Cambridge, Mass., where Tsarnaev had lived, said burying him in the city cemetery would disturb the peace. Other offers of burial plots came and then quickly went out of fear of protests or desecration.

There seemed to be support for sending the body to Russia, where Tsarnaev's parents live, but the cost and logistics stalled that option.

Before Thursday's announcement, a retired Vermont teacher, Paul Keane, offered to surrender a family plot in a Hamden, Conn., cemetery as a tribute to his mother, who taught him to "love thine enemy."

Keane said he didn't withdraw his offer even after he got hate mail and threats but no one from Worcester ever contacted him.

 

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