Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 7, 2013

Search drags on for burial spot for bomb suspect

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts funeral director is striking out in his search for a place to bury the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a gunbattle with police.

Worcester funeral home director Peter Stefan said more than 100 people in the U.S. and Canada have offered burial plots for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But officials in the cities and towns where the graves are located have said no.

"It's not only Massachusetts that doesn't want him," Stefan said. "Nobody wants him."

The city manager in Cambridge, where Tsarnaev lived, has urged his family not to ask to have him buried there because the attention would make it difficult for residents trying to get back to their lives.

Tsarnaev's mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she wants to bury Tamerlan in her native Dagestan, but Russia is not allowing her to bring back the body.

The Foreign Ministry said it is a consular matter that needs to be taken up with the Russian Embassy in Washington. Stefan said he doesn't think Russia will take Tsarnaev's body and he is working on other arrangements, but he declined to be more specific.

The Tsarnaevs are natives of Dagestan and Chechnya, provinces in southern Russia, but spent little time in either place before moving to the U.S. a decade ago. Tsarnaeva and her ex-husband returned last year.

Prosecutors say Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, carried out the bombings three weeks ago using pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings and metal shards. Three people died and more than 260 were injured near the marathon's finish line.

Dzhokhar was captured and remains in a prison hospital. He has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and faces a potential death sentence if convicted.

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