Its been hard getting a place to bury the corpse of terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev (of the Boston Marathon bombings). The 26 year old, who is believed to have masterminded the bombings that marred the Boston Marathon which left people dead and injured, has been rejected by the Muslim community in America. Probably tired of being tarred with the brush of terrorism as a result of the actions of a handful, the community initially washed their hands off the young man’s burial. It took an agonizing three weeks of rejections and protests before interfaith efforts finally got him a resting place. That’s not to say the entire Muslim community is thrilled at this bit of news.
Tsarnaev’s body was held at a funeral home in Worcester, Mass., leading to protests; cemetery officials had to look south of the Mason-Dixon line for a taker
Good riddance, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The body of the Boston Marathon bomber was buried in Dixie after a frustrating three week search to find a cemetery that would take his accursed remains.
Tsarnaev was lowered into the ground at the Al-Barzakh Cemetery in Doswell, Va., according to his death certificate.
“He’s been buried,” added Bilal Yasin El-Amin of The Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, which helped bring the body nobody wanted down south.
When asked to explain why they took him, El-Amin referred to the group’s public statement on the matter, which reads: “We strongly disagree with his violent actions. But that does not release us from our obligation to return his body to the earth.”
It was the end of the road for the 26-year-old domestic terrorist, whose presence in death at a funeral parlor in Worcester, Mass., inspired days of picketing.
“People have very strong feelings and I understand why people feel the way they do,” Amato DeLuca, the attorney for Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, told The Daily News. “It’s just unfortunate it came to this. It’s sad for everybody.”
Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police on April 19 — four days after he cut a bloody and deadly swath at the finish line in Boston with two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs — allegedly with his teenage brother Dzhokhar as his accomplice.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is now in custody and charged with the worst act of terrorism against America since the 9/11 attacks.
Russell, who was questioned about but not accused of playing any role in the bombings, washed her hands of the burial question by waiving her right to choose the spot.
That left it up to Tsarnaev’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, who had called his nephew a “loser” after he was first identified as one of the bombing suspects.
Tsarnaev’s family, ethnic Chechens who once lived in Cambridge, Mass., opted for a local Muslim burial after deciding it would cost too much to fly his remains overseas.
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Tamerlan Tsarnaev is said to have been burried in Al-Barzakh Cemetery about 15 min away from Doswell, Va.
But Peter Stefan, of the Graham, Putney & Mahoney Funeral Parlors, quickly discovered that nobody wanted Tsarnaev after he contacted cemeteries in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey.
When a proposal to bury Tsarnaev at a state prison fell through, Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme publicly appealed for someone to step up and take the body off their hands.
“It was an interfaith effort,” she told the Associated Press. “Basically, because Jesus says love your enemies.”
Tsarnaev’s body was quietly transferred to Virginia’s first Muslim cemetery on Wednesday.
The Worcester police waited until the corpse was below the Mason-Dixon line before making the announcement.
Located in a wooded area about 30 miles north of Richmond, the Muslim cemetery has just 47 graves. Two appeared to be freshly dug, but El-Amin said neither of those was Tsarnaev’s.
Imam Ammar Amonette of the Islamic Center of Virginia said he had no idea Tsarnaev was being buried there — and he’s not happy about it.
“The whole Muslim community here is furious,” he told the AP. “Frankly, we are furious that we were never given any information. It was all done secretly, behind our backs.”
“Now everybody who’s buried in that cemetery, their loved ones are going to have to go to that place,” he said.
Doswell is near the border of the congressional district represented by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who declined via a spokesman to comment on the terrorist resting in their local cemetery.
Culled from nydailynews.com