5/7/2013 10:06:00 AM Bomber: Nowhere to bury the body
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts funeral director is striking out in his search for a place to bury the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a gunbattle with police.
Worcester funeral home director Peter Stefan said more than 100 people in the U.S. and Canada have offered burial plots for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But officials in the cities and towns where the graves are located have said no.
“It’s not only Massachusetts that doesn’t want him,” Stefan said. “Nobody wants him.”
The city manager in Cambridge, where Tsarnaev lived, has urged his family not to ask to have him buried there because the attention would make it difficult for residents trying to get back to their lives.
Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she wants to bury Tamerlan in her native Dagestan, but Russia is not allowing her to bring back the body.
The Foreign Ministry said it is a consular matter that needs to be taken up with the Russian Embassy in Washington. Stefan said he doesn’t think Russia will take Tsarnaev’s body and he is working on other arrangements, but he declined to be more specific.
The Tsarnaevs are natives of Dagestan and Chechnya, provinces in southern Russia, but spent little time in either place before moving to the U.S. a decade ago. Tsarnaeva and her ex-husband returned last year.
Also Monday, bombing victims and their families met with the administrator of the One Fund Boston charity, which has already taken in more than $28 million in donations to help those injured in the bombing. A second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Kenneth Feinberg said the families of those who lost loved ones and people with double amputations or permanent brain damage would receive the highest payments.
Victims with one limb amputated will be the next highest priority, followed by those who were hospitalized for one or more nights with injuries.
“Money is a pretty poor substitute for what you are going through,” Feinberg told those at the meeting.
Feinberg said he deliberately did not set specific dollar amounts for specific types of injuries because there isn’t yet an official tally of the injuries and the fund could grow. But he did say the families of those killed or those who had limbs amputated could receive up to $1 million or more.
Compensation for those who were injured but not hospitalized, or those who suffered mental trauma, is still an open question, as is compensation for business owners who had to shut their doors for days during the investigation.
Feinberg said his goal is to get the money from the fund to victims as quickly as possible. He set a May 15 deadline to get final claim forms into the hands of all those who are eligible. They will then have one month to file.
After June 15, when all claims are submitted, he and his team will work out who gets how much from the fund over the following ten days. He hopes to send out checks by July 1.