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BOSTON (NBC) — Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been laid to rest at Al Barzakh Cemetery in central Virginia, following an interfaith effort to find a burial plot.
His body had been held at a Worchester, Massachusetts funeral home for a week because nearby cemeteries and states refused to accept the body.
That controversy, as well as her own faith, inspired Martha Mullen of Richmond, Virginia to action.
“Fundamentally, it struck me as wrong, because no matter what people do, we ought to bury them,” said Martha Mullen, who led the interfaith effort.
Mullen sent out emails to area Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and her pastor, hoping to find a place for burial.
“The Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia emailed me back, and said we could offer you a burial site,” said Mullen.
But in Doswell, Virginia, local officials say they were caught off guard when they learned of the burial.
“The county was not consulted on this issue. The county was not aware of this coming forward, and most importantly, the county did not provide any permission for this to happen,” said Floyd Thomas, Chairman of the Caroline County board of directors.
Caroline County authorities say they do not want the area known for being the burial plot for one of the Boston bombing suspects.
Virginia’s attorney general is looking into whether any laws were broken.
“What we would do, is make sure that all of the laws regarding this burial were adhered to. If they were not, then i believe we would have to look at undoing what happened,” said Thomas.
But if no laws were broken, officials say there would be little they could do.
The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the man accused of deaths of four and injuring more than 170, would stay.