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Uncle arranging Boston bomb suspect’s burial rites

May 6, 2013

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The uncle of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM’-ehr-lun tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) is in Massachusetts to arrange for his nephew’s burial, saying he understands that “no one wants to associate their names with such evil events.”

Ruslan Tsarni (ROOS’-lahn SAHR’-nee), of Montgomery Village, Md., says he’s making the arrangements because religion and tradition call for his nephew to be buried.

He and three of his friends met Sunday with the Worcester funeral home director and prepared to wash and shroud Tsarnaev’s body according to Muslim tradition. The 26-year-old died after a gun battle with police on April 19.

Tsarni says he would like him buried in Massachusetts because he’s lived in the state for the last decade. But funeral director Peter Stefan says he hasn’t been able to find a cemetery there willing to take the body. He says he plans to ask the city of Cambridge, where Tsarnaev lived, to provide a burial plot, and if Cambridge turns him down, he will seek help from state officials.

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