Tamerlan Tsarnaev Isn’t the First Killer to Be Refused a Grave
On Monday, Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy announced he would not grant a permit for the burial of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, citing his authority as “chief conservator of the peace within the city.”
The response was mixed. The protesters who have gathered outside the funeral home where the body is being kept were no doubt encouraged. Gov. Deval Patrick called the burial a “family issue.” The family, for its part, had not even formally sought a burial permit in Cambridge. Tamerlan’s mother wants his body returned to Russia; his uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, wants the body to remain in the Boston area where he spent the last decade of his life. Cambridge’s fight over the resting place of the older Tsarnaev brother is complicated by the fact that the remains of a Muslim cannot be cremated.