Boston mosque allegedly refusing to bury bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, is pictured in 2010. Credit: FBI
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, is pictured in 2010. Credit: FBI

The aunt of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev said a Boston mosque is refusing to hold a funeral service for her nephew, who was killed Thursday during a shootout with police.

Patimat Suleimanova told NBC that the 26-year-old’s body had been handed over by U.S. authorities, however when one of the suspect’s uncles asked the imam of a Boston mosque attended by the brothers to request a burial and funeral service, he was refused.

She did not know the name of the mosque; however, Tamerlan and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is also suspected in the bombings, are said to have attended services at the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge.

Yusufi Vali, a spokesman for the mosque, said on Tuesday, “That’s a decision that we’d leave up to a scholar. This one is complex because the things that this guy did were just absolutely disgraceful.”

Earlier this week, Imam Talal Eid of the Islamic Institute of Boston told The Huffington Post: “I would not be willing to do a funeral for him. This is a person who deliberately killed people. There is no room for him as a Muslim.”


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