Burial spot found for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev
By NBC News
By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News
(NBC) -A burial site has been found for Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and his body was moved Thursday from the Massachusetts funeral home where it had been for a week.
Police in Worcester, Mass., did not disclose the location of the final resting place for the remains.
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.
"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 has roiled the community. Protests sprung 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, CT., cemetery as a tribute to his mother, who taught him to "love thine enemy."
"I have received hate emails and statements which sound like threats, but I will not withdraw my offer," Keane said in an email. The cemetery, however, did not return calls about whether they would permit it.
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