Tamerlan Tsarnaev's uncle struggling to find a burial site

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May 5, 2013, 12:42 pm
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(NECN: John Monahan, Worcester, Mass.) - The preparation for the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older Boston Marathon bombing suspect, began on Sunday.

Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslin Tsarni, arrived from Maryland with three other men at the Worcester, Mass. funeral home where the body was being kept.

"We're here to prepare his body - to wash him, shroud him," Tsarni said outside the Graham, Putney, and Mahoney Funeral Parlor.

He said that Tsarnaev will be prepared according to Muslim tradition, and that he is just trying to do what is right.

But so far, he is struggling to find a place that will accept Tsarnaev's body, and said that bringing the body to Russia is not an option.

"Tamerlan Tsarnaev has no other place to be buried. There's no other place who would accept his body," he said.

No local cemetery has agreed to take his body, and the funeral director planned to ask the city of Cambridge to help him find a place, but the City told him they wouldn't be able to help as the city tries to move on.

Since they refused, the funeral director plans to ask the Governor's office for assistant first thing in the morning.

"I'm left alone to deal with this matter," Tsarni said. "I've spoken to his father, but he's not really in a reasonable state of mind."

For more on the preparation for Tsarnaev's burial, watch the attached video.

Tags: massachusetts, Worcester, bombing, Boston Marathon, funeral, John Monahan, Tamerlan Tsarnaev
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