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BOSTON (NBC News) — The family of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a shootout with police can’t find a place to bury him, even as his body is being prepared for just that purpose.
An uncle of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday to “prepare the body” of his nephew for burial.
Ruslan Tsarni, of Mongomery Village, Md., came to the city about 40 miles west of Boston with three other men, who were not family members, and met with the director of the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors.
The men who joined Tsarni were planning “religious washings” in accordance with Muslim burial rites on 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body, the funeral director Peter Stefan said.
Stefan said he and the family have been unable to find a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to take the body. Still, though he’s had “no offers” of a cemetery, he expects the suspect will be buried in the state.
“We have to bury this guy,” Stefan told reporters in an impromptu news conference Sunday. “Whatever it is, whoever he is, in this country, we bury people. I don’t care who it is. That’s what I do.”