Worcester police chief pleads to bury Boston bomber: ‘We are not barbarians. We bury the dead’

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The remains of Tamerlan Tsarnaev were held up for nearly a week at a Worcester funeral home.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/METRO

Worcester’s police chief today publicly pleaded with officials to end a dragged out debate over where to bury accused Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed three weeks ago. 

Chief Gary Gemme told reporters gathered outside the Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors, where Tsarnaev’s remains are being refrigerated, that he condemns the actions of the accused terrorist, but insisted a decision must be made on where to put his remains.

“I understand the concern that people have over the potential negative attention that providing a burial sight will bring, however, we need a solution,” he said. “We are not barbarians, we bury the dead. So I am publicly appealing to those with authority to provide a burial sight do so and do so quickly.”

The funeral director’s decision to accept the body, Gemme said, has put the local police department “into the unwanted position of having to assist the family with locating a burial sight.”

“Unfortunately we are still without a burial sight, and there (are) no immediate prospects,” he said. “The police department is expending resources that could be used for other needs in our community.”

The city has reportedly spent as much as $30,000 for overtime in police security since the body arrived last week.

Protesters have demanded Tsarnaev’s body be sent to Russia, but Gemme said the suspect’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, won’t allow that.

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