One by one, cemeteries in Massachusetts refused to accept the body of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Even his adopted hometown of Cambridge, which proudly proclaims itself a sanctuary city for immigrants, legal and otherwise, wanted nothing to do with his remains. It refused to issue a burial permit for interment in any city graveyard.
“The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the city of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and widespread media presence at such an interment,” Cambridge City Manager Bob Healy said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “The families of loved ones interred in the Cambridge Cemetery also deserve to have their deceased family members rest in peace.”
Who could blame them, really?
It’s customary to grant even enemies the right to burial in wartime, and it would seem the human thing to do. But the wounds of the terror attack carried out on Marathon Monday were still too fresh for Massachusetts residents to live with the thought of Tsarnaev buried in Bay State soil.
So the dilemma over what to do with the body was “solved” by shipping it about 500 miles down Interstate 95 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
We think there was a better solution. We would have preferred to see his body consigned to a place where it would never be found: the sea.
The body had been lying in a Worcester funeral home for days, attracting a large crowd of protesters and causing undeserved headaches and costs for the city.
It fell to a Richmond, Va., woman to advance what she thought was a great idea but which has proven to be a very bad one. Tsarnaev’s body was quietly slipped out of Worcester and buried last week in a small Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Va., about 50 miles north of Richmond.