Conn. Man: You Can Bury Tsarnaev Next to My Mom

She taught him 'love thine enemy'

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2013 7:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Has a grave finally been found for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev? A Connecticut man has offered up the burial plot next to his mother, Valley News reports. "I am willing to donate a burial plot next to my mother in Mt. Carmel Burying Ground to the Tsarnaev family if they cannot obtain a plot," Paul Keane, 68, wrote on his blog. "The only condition is that I do it in memory of my mother who taught Sunday School at the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church for 20 years and taught me to 'love thine enemy.'"

The Tsarnaev family probably isn't getting their hopes up: they have already received more than 120 such offers from around the US and Canada, but none have worked out because others in those towns objected, the AP reports. (To those objections, Keane scoffs, "I own the plot. No one can refuse me access.") For a while, it looked like the state Department of Corrections might bury the body at one of its sites, but it ultimately decided against it. An expert in burial law says this situation is unprecedented in the US. "It's very unusual that people are so fixated on this," she said. "There are a lot of evil people buried in marked graves in the United States. Traditionally ... when somebody dies, that's the end of their punishment."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, smiles after accepting the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell, Mass.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie, File)
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