Tamerlan's Undertaker: 'I'm Not Honoring a Terrorist'

Owner of Worcester funeral home believes everyone deserves decent burial

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 3, 2013 2:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev isn't for the faint of heart—protesters gathered last night around a funeral home where the Boston bomber's body was initially taken after the state released it—but Peter Stefan is determined to do it. "I'm not honoring a terrorist," Stefan tells the Worcester Telegram. "I'm just burying a body." Stefan owns the Graham Putnam & Mahoney funeral parlor in Worcester, which routinely buries the poor, friendless, and unwanted.

"I go back to the time when Lee Harvey Oswald died; somebody buried him. Timothy McVeigh, somebody handled that," Stefan tells WBZ. "I mean, we bury the dead." Of course, the family still needs to find a cemetery that will take Tsarnaev, which is proving tricky. They're also trying to commission their own independent autopsy. The official autopsy's cause of death won't be released until the death certificate has been filed with the Boston city clerk, CNN reports.

Protesters stand outside afuneral home in North Attleborough, Mass, where a vehicle believed to be carrying the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived Thursday. The body has since been moved.
Protesters stand outside afuneral home in North Attleborough, Mass, where a vehicle believed to be carrying the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived Thursday. The body has since been moved.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Peter Stefan, funeral director and owner of Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass.
Peter Stefan, funeral director and owner of Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass.   (AP Photo/The Telegram & Gazette, Chris Christo)
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