CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – The City Manager of Cambridge issued a statement Sunday urging the funeral director and the family of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, to not submit a formal application for a burial permit.
City Manager Bob Healy said while Cambridge may be the refuge of bomber number one and bomber number two, he does not think it is the best interest of the city or those laid to rest at the Cambridge Cemetery to execute a cemetery deed for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnav.
He said he has not yet received a formal application for a burial permit or the purchase of a cemetery plot, but asks the funeral director and the Tsarnaev "not to make such a request."
"The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment. The families of loved ones interred in the Cambridge Cemetery also deserve to have their deceased family members rest in peace," Healy said.
The statement was issued after the Tsarnaevs uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., and three other men met with Worcester funeral home director Peter Stefan Sunday in preparation for Tamerlan's burial. The men who accompanied Tsarni plan to wash and shroud the body of 26-year-old according to Muslim tradition, the uncle said.
Tsarni told reporters that he is arranging for Tsarnaev's burial because religion and tradition call for his nephew to be buried. He said his friends came along to help him prepare Tsarnaev's body and he understands that "no one wants to associate their names with such evil acts."
Tsarni has denounced the acts that his nephews - Tamerlan and younger brother Dzhokhar - are accused of committing and has said they brought shame to the family and the entire Chechen ethnicity. The brothers are ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the United States about a decade ago with their parents. Both parents returned to Dagestan last year.
Dzhokhar, 19, is in a prison hospital, facing a potential death sentence if convicted of the terrorism plot.
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