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May 6th, 2013
05:16 PM ET

Hated dead or alive: Cemeteries refuse Boston bomber's body for burial

The body of Boston Marathon terror suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is stuck at a funeral home in Worchester, Massachusetts. The funeral home owner has yet to find a cemetery willing to accept the body for burial.

Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni said he was handling the logistics of readying the body for burial. Tsarni said he was the only family member at the funeral home, and had not had contact with Katherine Russell, Tamerlan's widow.

"I'm left alone to deal with this matter, and I also stress Tamerlan Tsarnaev has no other place to be buried, there is no other place to accept his body," said Tsarni.

The undertaker who picked up Tamerlan's body says he has looked for plots in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey, but has not had any success so far.

"At this point, any outcome would be better than nothing. We do have to bury the person, regardless of what he did," said funeral director Peter Stefan. "In this country, we bury the dead."

Protesters targeted Stefan's funeral home over the weekend, one held a sign that read, "Bury the garbage, in a landfill."

But even Osama bin Laden received a burial; he was buried at sea so his grave would not become a shrine for jihadists.

This is not the first time the U.S. has had to deal with an evil-doer's body after a tragedy. President Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth is buried in an unmarked grave in Baltimore; President Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is buried in the Dallas area, the city where the shooting took place; and homegrown Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was cremated after his execution - no one knows where those ashes were scattered.

Imam Talal Eid, founder and executive director of the Islamic Institute of Boston, recently said he would "not be willing to do a funeral" for Tsarnaev.

"This is a person who deliberately killed people. There is no room for him as a Muslim. He already left the fold of Islam by doing that. In the Quran it says those who will kill innocent people, they will dwell in the hell fire," Eid said earlier.

Now, however, he is concerned that cemeteries are rejecting Tsarnaev's body, and says there is a distinction between not giving someone proper rituals, and not giving a proper burial.

"We are talking about a human being, this human being needs to be buried, regardless," said Eid.

If cemeteries continue to reject Tsarnaev's body, the governor should step in, because the suspect is a human being, said Eid.

"God honored the human being, and consider the body as sacred, and the human life is sacred also," said Eid.

But the imam asserted again that he does not want Tsarnaev buried among people of his own faith, "I don't want him to be buried with the Muslims."

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