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May 8, 2013

Column: Respect Boston's pain, bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev somewhere else

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McVeigh and Dahmer were cremated, according to news reports. Oswald is buried in a Fort Worth cemetery called Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park. A cemetery office worker referred calls to a publicist who did not return a message.

On Sunday, the director of the Worcester funeral home where Tsarnaev’s body is being kept told the Boston Globe that, in addition to being turned away by Cambridge’s public cemetery, four private cemeteries had refused to accept the body. “What does the city want me to do with his body?” asked Peter Stefan, of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors.

Some individuals had offered private plots in New Hampshire, New Jersey and Ohio, the Globe reported, but the Tsarnaev family’s preference is burial in a “Muslim-designated plot in Massachusetts.”

On Monday, city manager Healy said he would not speak further about his decision. “My participation in multiple interviews that have been requested would create the same disruption that the city deserves to be spared,” he said in an email.

Although the Muslim tradition is burial, said Slocum, cremation would be the easiest way to resolve the burial problem. “Once the body is reduced to ashes, the family could very discreetly bury them in a place no one knows about.”

If the Tsarnaev family has any human instinct to help assuage the pain its sons have caused, putting the community’s raw emotion above their own is a good place to start.

In fact, it’s the least they can do.

Robin Abcarian is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

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