Friday, May 10, 2013

BOSTON BOMBER BURIED IN VIRGINIA

Remains of Boston bombing terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev were buried in a Muslim cemetery near Richmond, Virginia, on the evening of Thursday, May 9th.  Arrangements were made by a inter-faith group to bury the body at the Al-Barzakh Cemetary located in Doswell, Virginia.  The cemetery is operated by a group called Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia.

TAMERLAN AT BOSTON MARATHON
Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhokar, exploded two bombs at the April 15 Boston marathon resulting in three deaths and over 260 injured.  

Police engaged in a large scale manhunt for the bombers which resulted in the first shut down of a large American city - Boston.

On April 19, Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev were attempting to flee the Boston area when they started firing at police in a escape attempt.  Police shot Tamerlan. Then, in haste, Dzhokar drove over his brother's body with a vehicle to escape capture by police.  Dzhokar was apprehended later by police in Watertown, Massachusetts.

The burial in Virginia follows over a week of protests in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Citizens in Massachusetts were actively protesting plans by a funeral service to bury the body in the Boston area.  As public scorn persisted cemetery after cemetery declined to allow the burial of the terror bomber.

In addition, burial locations in the home country of the Tsarnaev family, Kyrgyzstan, refused to allow the body to be transported and buried on their soil.  Obviously, no one wanted as it is said 'in their backyard.'

Arrangements for the burial were aided by Tsarnaev's Uncle Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland.  Tsarni had communicated with several inter-faith groups to try to find a burial location.  Tsarni gave the following statement to the media,
"My tradition was that of a Muslim, and I have that tradition of burial, and people helped me with that,"
TAMERLAN GRAVE AT AL-BARZAKH CEMETERY
Backlash in Virginia seems brewing as the news of the burial hits.  Local authorities reported to WTVR
News that they were not consulted about the burial.  Concerns grow as the thought of someone retaliating for accepting the body in the Muslim cemetery.  Questions arise over future threats of burial desecration as well.  By the way, there are over 50 graves at the Doswell cemetery.

Virginians may feel this is quite a rub relating to terrorism in the Commonwealth.  The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, occurred in Arlington, Virginia, at the Pentagon resulting in 189 deaths.  Arlington is located about 70 miles from the Tsarnaev burial site.
Photos courtesy of AP & Richmond Times-Dispatch

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