Funeral director faces dilemma: cemeteries don't want bomb suspectâ€™s body
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A funeral director trying to find a cemetery to take the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is going next to the city where Tsarnaev lived, but will run into another obstacle: It doesn't want him.
Worcester funeral director Peter Stefan said he plans to ask the city of Cambridge to provide a plot because he hasn't been able to find a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to accept Tsarnaev's remains. He said if Cambridge turns him down, he will seek help from state officials.
Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy said in a statement Sunday that he is urging the funeral director and Tsarnaev's family not to request a burial permit for the city-owned cemetery.
"The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment," Healy said.
The dilemma over where to bury the 26-year-old suspect comes as a friend of his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev headed to court Monday for a bail hearing on charges that he lied to federal investigators after the bombings.
Posted on Tue, May 7, 2013