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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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Crime • Death • Islam

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. buongiorno


    May 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  2. Anna


    May 15, 2013 at 5:21 am |
  3. Ted Jones the crusader not for khrist

    Bury him with a pig mask on

    May 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care!

      That would be great if the mortician were to sew up a nice, big pork chop into him before they buried him.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Aren't you two the enlightened ones. You must be cousins to the SS soliders that cut off skin from the Jews to make lampshades.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
  4. Priscilla martell

    Dippy ever hear of the word ass wipe cause that's what you are

    May 14, 2013 at 5:49 am |
  5. TC

    There aren't many Christains posting on this site today, are there?

    May 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • Lycidas

      What would you want them to say?

      May 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  6. I don't get it

    What does it matter what happens to the body...he's already dead.

    May 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Diogenes would have liked your comment.
      It's not so much though about him being dead but how our society is. Everyone should have some form of burial, even if we do not agree with what they did in life.

      May 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Ted Jones the crusader not for khrist

      Disagree. They should have fed his body to a pack of wild hogs or used it as chum.

      May 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Thank goodness it's not up to you.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
  7. Honey Badger Don't Care!

    I need to take a trip to Doswell so I can take a dump on someone's grave.

    May 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • Just wondering

      Did you make it, or did you fill up the back of your pants before you got all the way there?

      May 15, 2013 at 7:29 am |
  8. Perry Tanko

    The liberals put out a welcome mat for two Chechen Republic terrorists and the whole thing exploded in their faces.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  9. Dippy bait

    I herd this ArtICle was sooper fun az alwayzz!, . And THen I poSted sumthing.

    May 12, 2013 at 8:35 am |
  10. IHV

    Fascinating. So historically their means and message were understood. How telling that they still are nothing more than things in the desert....

    May 11, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  11. Priscilla martell

    why would they bury him in Virginia of all places that's where all of the soldiers are buried shame on you people thoses soldiers was heros protecting this country are they saying that tsarnaev was a hero shame on the usa

    May 11, 2013 at 7:39 am |
    • Dippy

      Ever hear of punctuation, Priscilla? Those are the little marks that make your post understandable.

      May 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
    • Dippy bait

      Ever heard of dyslexia, Dippy? How about OCD? Poor social skills?

      May 12, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • sam stone

      Priscilla martell

      "why would they bury him in Virginia of all places that's where all of the soldiers are buried"

      not all the soldiers are buried in virginia

      "shame on you people thoses soldiers was heros protecting this country are they saying that tsarnaev was a hero"

      there are all sorts of people buried in virginia. heros, common folk, murderers, r-a-p-i-s-t-s, etc. no one is claiming that everyone buried in virginia is a hero. it is not like this guy is buried at arlington national cemetary.

      "shame on the usa"

      shame on you for having such a diminished capacity to convey a rational thought.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • For Sam and Dippy


      May 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
  12. Rainer Braendlein

    Only a few Germans today would call their male children "Adolf" because of the negative connotation "Adolf Hitler". Timur the Lame, abbreviated Tamerlane (1336 to 1405 a. D.), was a very cruel medieval Muslim ruler. Certainly Tamerlane's parents knew this. Why did they call their son Tamerlane?

    May 11, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • Dippy

      What's in a name? Do people take on the characteristics of their name? Nobody in their right mind would believe such crap.

      May 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • Rick

      Rainy, it is because the name of a tyrant from 6 and a half centuries ago does not resonate with people the same way that one of a person from 70 years ago.

      You really are daft, aren't you?

      May 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
  13. Reality

    As previously noted:


    His body should be put on the next garbage barge and then dumped into the ocean as shark food.

    May 8, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse | Reply


    That's far too expensive. A cheaper solution would be to grind his body up and use it as dog food.

    May 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |


    Sounds like a plan. Hopefully the dogs' shi-t will be shipped to Mecca.

    May 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |

    May 11, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • faith

      like aborted babies

      As previously noted:
      His body should be put on the next garbage barge and then dumped into the ocean as shark food.
      That's far too expensive. A cheaper solution would be to grind his body up and use it as dog food.

      May 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
  14. tallulah13

    I'm glad they buried him, and I hope it's an unmarked grave. Let the world forget about this monster, and let his brother and their equally monstrous mother rot in prison where they belong.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:15 am |
  15. hippypoet

    If you're looking for a great site to chat religion on... check out Poetic Atheism on facebook.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:13 am |
  16. Mark From Middle River

    Why could they just do what they did with the Bin Laden? Gitmo is an option. Heck take it to one of our military bases, like the one that has the stealth bombers in Missouri? Bury the body at the end of the runway.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
  17. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Bury him?


    l want him stuck on a cactus...

    reduced to flies and ants.

    l don't....

    l don't want him in...

    the same ground with the Bear.

    l don't!

    (Paul Newman as Judge Roy Bean)

    May 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
  18. IHV

    Yeah put his body back in the earth from whence it came ,Russia

    May 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
  19. IHV

    He's not even an American citizen, you think his rich uncle is paying for all this.

    May 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • IHV

      His brother is not him, he was still on an H1 visa

      May 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • IHV

      He was denied a us passport, because he was not a citizen.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
    • IHV

      By his own admission and actions he hated our country, and was not a citizen, his own family did not honor him by bringing him home, what does that tell you

      May 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • IHV

      And his family still didn't claim him...

      May 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm |
    • IHV

      Nor his country of origin, he is an evil thug

      May 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
    • .

      He was not a US citizen, you ignorant asshole. Your reading comprehension is as good as your written words, moron. STFU.

      May 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • .

      I'm not hindu, you delusional fuck guttersnipe. Get a new shtick. You're a bore. And you're not Muslim. And you're not Pakistani. You are just a stupid self-loathing troll. Nothing worse than a person who hates himself unless it's a person who hates himself trolling 24/7 pretrending to be 9000 different people.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:06 am |
  20. zombie #238290343392

    Interfaith? But it says Muslim cemetary. What?

    May 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • zombie #238290343392


      May 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
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