Four cemeteries in three states have refused to bury the body of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the funeral director tasked with finding a resting place has told the Daily News.
Funeral director Peter Stefan has asked cemeteries in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, but each of the cemeteries have passed on burying the older Tsarnaev brother, who was killed during a shootout with police.
Stefan says that if no cemeteries agree, then he would “have to go to the federal government and then we have to ask them for assistance.” The Tsarnaev family has requested a Muslim burial along with a grave near their home in Massachusetts.
Protests have taken place outside of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home in Worcester, Mass., where the body of Tsarnaev is being kept. Police have posted security outside.
“Everybody has a right to be buried. I can’t separate the sins from the sinner,” Stefan, the funeral director, said.
The burial, if a place can be located, will happen after a second "independent" autopsy, which has been requested by his family. Stefan has identified the cause of death as gun shot wounds to the body and head, and blunt force trauma to his head, which may have occurred when his younger brother Dzhokhar, reportedly ran him over during the fatal confrontation with police.