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May 10th, 2013
09:09 PM ET

Uncle: Tamerlan Tsarnaev buried in Virginia

By Greg Botelho and Paula Newton, CNN

(CNN) – The body of one of the two men accused of pulling off the Boston Marathon attack has been buried in rural Virginia - a development that local officials said caught them totally "off guard."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's remains were accepted "by an interfaith coalition in that community - they responded to our calls," his uncle Ruslan Tsarni, of Maryland, told CNN. The body was buried in an unmarked grave in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, according to Tsarni.

"My tradition was that of a Muslim, and I have that tradition of burial, and people helped me with that," he said in a phone interview.

The death certificate released by Massachusetts authorities indicates that Tsarnaev, whose cause of death was listed as gunshot wounds and "blunt trauma to (his) head and torso," was interred at Al-Barzakh Muslim Cemetery in Doswell, which is about 25 minutes north of Richmond in a rural county of about 30,000 people.

While the news came out Friday, Bukhari Abdel-Alim from the Islamic Funeral Services of Richmond said Tsarnaev was actually buried the previous morning.

Speaking Friday from the cemetery, which his organization owns, Abdel-Alim said there was "no intention to ... make anybody angry," but that he and others felt obligated to do what "God says to do" by putting Tsarnaev's "body back into the earth."

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Filed under: Crime • Death • Islam

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  1. Marvin

    What happens to the body is one thing, what happens to the spirit is quite another. This is not over for Tsarnaev, rather, it is just beginning. To focus on this life only is a big mistake, we must look beyond it, to the one that lasts forever. Being made in God's image we all live forever, either with God, or far apart from Him. I have peace that when I die I will be with God in heaven because YeshuaJesus has atonened for my sins and paid my penalty on the cross. He is indeed the Lamb of God. May you also find peace with God through faith in Yeshua, and have the blessed hope/assurance of eternal life. Shalom

    May 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
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