Finding Burial Plot for Bomb Suspect a Difficult Task

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    Many are protesting the burial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Published Sunday, Jan 26, 2014)

    (NECN: Justin Michaels) - On the fence across the street from the funeral home where Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body is being held, you can see a display of American flags and other items to show protest of body being here.

    Police barricades and 24-hour security set up as the suspected terrorist's body remains here until someone can figure out what to do with it

    "We’re still looking for an out-of-state cemetery, preferably in Islamic cemetery Where we want to put him,” said Funeral Director Peter Stefan.

    Stefan has come under extreme fire for being willing to accept and help find a resting place for accused terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    "This is what we do in this business. Pleasant or unpleasant the funeral director step up and take care of it."

    Since Tsarnaev’s body arrived, protestors have been against the burial.

    The uncle of the accused bombing suspect also showed up here to claim his nephew’s body. His uncle has rejected calls for Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body to be sent back to Russia or be buried at sea.

    The funeral director, Peter Stefan, has also come under fire, facing criticism for even agreeing to handle the service of the suspected terrorist.

    But he says, regardless of what he may have done, Tamerlan Tsarnaev still needs to be buried.

    Tsarnaev’'s uncle did speak at the funeral home and there's no other place for Tamerlan to be buried.

    "Tamerlan Tsarnaev Has no other place to be buried,” said Ruslan Tsarni. “There's no other place who would except his body. And the reasoning to it would be that he lived in America, he grew up here, and last 10 years he resided here in Cambridge. So therefore any contemplation that his body should've been taken to his home country, they do not really go with reality. His home country was indeed Cambridge, Mass."

    At this point Stefan is hoping the state of Massachusetts or the Federal Government steps in to help find a place to bury  the suspected terrorist.

    He says he'll be in touch with the Governor of Massachusetts to see what state assistance is available.

    And as if the situation wasn't hard enough, Stefan says the Islamic faith and customs are adding a whole other element of difficulty to the situation.

    "The true Islamic burial, we don't use a casket or box the body is buried in near Earth and the family actually does it. And that's it. We don't have any cemeteries here that do that. There's one or two but they've expressed desire not to do it. And I understand that. So if they don't want to do it that's fine. So we have to go a little further, but we have to do something. Whatever it is we have to find it, and we have to find something today to put this to rest for everybody. I think it's going on long enough."

    Meanwhile, a local Worcester man said he plans to open a bank account to raise money to send Tsarnaev’s body back to Russia.

    William T. Breault, chairman of the Main South Alliance for Public Safety in Worcester, said in a press release he will donate $500 to kick off the fund-raising effort.

    He said two Worcester-area funeral directors told him they estimate it would cost between $3,000 and $7,000 to send the body back to Russia.