Police Chief Who Called for Marathon Bomber's Burial Retires

Chief Gary Gemme will retire on May 13

The Massachusetts police chief who made national news in 2013 when he publicly pleaded for someone to step forward and bury the body of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev is retiring.

Worcester Chief Gary Gemme said in a statement on the department's website Wednesday that his last day is May 13.

His successor has been chosen. He tells The Telegram & Gazette that it is one of his four deputy chiefs, but did not disclose a name. The city manager plans an announcement Thursday.

The 62-year-old Gemme joined the department in 1983 and became chief 11 years ago.

When Tsarnaev's body lay in a city funeral home, with no cemetery willing to accept it, Gemme said, "We are not barbarians. We bury the dead."

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