WORCESTER, Mass. — The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was entombed in an unknown gravesite Thursday after police said an anonymous person stepped forward to help arrange the secret burial.
The burial ended a weeklong search for a place willing to take Tsarnaev’s body out of Worcester, where his remains had been stored at a funeral home amid protests. In that time, the cities where Tsarnaev lived and died and his mother’s country all refused the remains.
Amid the frustration, Worcester’s police chief urged an end to the quandary. “We are not barbarians,” he said. “We bury the dead.”
By Thursday, police said, “As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased.”
Police in Worcester, about 50 miles west of Boston, didn’t say where the body was taken.
Peter Stefan, the director of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors, also refused to say where the body was buried. Tsarnaev’s burial place is expected to become known with the release of his death certificate.
Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are accused of setting off two shrapnel-packed bombs April 15 near the marathon finish line; 3 people were killed and more than 260 were injured.