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Tsarnaev buried in Virginia

Sat., May 11, 2013, midnight

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia, Boston officials said Friday as they released the official death certificate for a suspect in the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Officials said earlier this week that Tsarnaev’s remains had been entombed, but gave no indication where. The remains were interred at al-Barzakh Muslim Cemetery in Doswell, Va., outside Richmond.

At least four local cemeteries as well as the cities of Boston and Cambridge had refused to take the body of the 26-year-old man. The body had been kept at a funeral home in Worcester, Mass., during the dispute over how to deal with Tsarnaev’s remains.

Officials have said that Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar, 19, placed two pressure-cooker bombs along the finish line area to the Boston Marathon on April 15. The devices exploded with 10 seconds of each other, killing three and injuring more than 260.

Late on April 18, the brothers killed an MIT campus officer and carjacked a vehicle and driver, who later escaped, officials allege. The brothers then sped off to Watertown where they fought a gunbattle with police, officials said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died from “gunshot wounds of torso and extremities and blunt trauma to head and torso,” according to the death certificate.

It was the Tsarnaevs’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, who took responsibility for the remains. He told reporters that the burial was arranged with the help of an interfaith coalition.


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