Mass. Lawmaker: Feds Need to Deal With Tsarnaev Body

No cemetery in state will take it

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted May 5, 2013 3:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tamerlan Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni (who you may recall was not his nephew's biggest fan), has arrived at the funeral home currently housing Tsarnaev's body to arrange Muslim burial rites and aid in the search for a cemetery willing to bury it, the AP reports. The task is proving difficult: The funeral home has been beset by protestors, preventing it from accepting any other business, and no cemetery in Massachusetts will accept the body. State Senator Harriet L. Chandler has now called for the federal government to step in, Fox News reports.

Meanwhile, the Tsarnaev family is still defending their sons' innocence, claiming the men were framed by the US government and arranging an independent autopsy to help support their case, the Boston Globe reports. The conspiracy theory is apparently gaining a lot of support in Russia, and particularly Chechnya, where members of social media site VKontakte are changing their profile picture to a photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the line "totally innocent."

Ruslan Tsarni, right, uncle of killed Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, prepares to speak with reporters in front of the Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlor.
Ruslan Tsarni, right, uncle of killed Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, prepares to speak with reporters in front of the Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlor.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, smiles after accepting the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, smiles after accepting the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie, File)
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