Suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's remains were released to his family on Thursday and his cause of death was released Friday. Peter Stefan, the owner of the Worcester, Mass. funeral home that will handle the arrangements, read Tsarnaev's death certificate to the press. The time of death was 1:35 a.m. on April 19 and the cause was gunshot wounds and blunt trauma, the result of a shootout with police and his brother running him over.
Tsarnaev's body was picked up by his sisters and uncle Ruslan, then sent to the Dyer-Lake funeral home in North Attleborough. After protestors set up outside, the body was moved to the Worcester location. Protestors have lined up outside that home, now, too. Stefan sounds resolute in his stance that everyone deserves a proper burial, even telling the Telegram & Gazette that he "would pay for whatever expenses the family couldn't cover."
Though it's been two weeks since Tsarnaev died, he may stay unburied for quite some time yet. Stefan has not been able to find cemetery willing to accept him. Cemeteries in at least three states -- Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey -- turned him down, according to WBZ. As Stefan explained, the cemeteries are afraid that people will "be upset that somebody who's a terrorist will be buried next to their Uncle Freddy."
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