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Uncle arranging Boston bomb suspect’s burial rites

May 5, 2013 • National News


Unidentified men accompany Ruslan Tsarni, not shown, uncle of killed Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as they depart the Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlors, in Worcester, Mass., Sunday, May 5, 2013. Funeral director Peter Stefan has pleaded for government officials to use their influence to convince a cemetery to bury Tsarnaev, but so far no state or federal authorities have stepped forward. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The uncle of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived in Massachusetts on Sunday to arrange for his burial, saying he understands that “no one wants to associate their names with such evil events.”

Ruslan Tsarni, of Montgomery Village, Md., and three of his friends met with the Worcester funeral home director and prepared to wash and shroud Tsarnaev’s body according to Muslim tradition. The 26-year-old died after a gun battle with police on April 19.

Funeral director Peter Stefan said he hasn’t been able to find a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to take the body. He said he plans to ask the city of Cambridge, where Tsarnaev lived, to provide a burial plot, and if Cambridge turns him down, he will seek help from state officials.

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