Cause of Death for Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Blunt Force, Gunshots

(NECN: Julie Loncich, Worcester, Mass.) - The cause of death of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a gunshot wound to the torso and extremities and blunt trauma to head and torso, according to his death certificate.

Tsarnaev was shot by police and then run over and dragged by a motor vehicle driven by his brother, Dzhokhar, in a shootout in Watertown, Mass., on April 19. Tsarnaev was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. that day.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured later that day and has been charged in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15.

Meanwhile, the controversy over where Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body should be buried continued Friday.

Protesters gathered outside the Worcester funeral home where the body was brought on Friday.

The funeral home director, Peter Stefan, said he contacted four cemeteries in three states and all have declined to bury the body. If he is unable to find someone to bury the body, he is going to turn the body back over to the federal government. Stefan said he is only going to hold the body for so long.

Meanwhile, a second autopsy has been asked for by the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense team.

NECN's Julie Loncich has more details in the attached video report.

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