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Tamerlan Tsarnaev should get an unmarked grave

THE UPROAR against permitting the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be buried in Cambridge is as understandable as it is ignoble.

More than two weeks after the accused Boston Marathon bomber was killed during a shootout with police in Watertown, no cemetery has agreed to inter his remains. Since Friday, Tsarnaev’s body has been at a funeral parlor in Worcester, where family members washed and shrouded the body in preparation for burial. But funeral director Peter Stefan’s efforts to find a burial plot for Tsarnaev have been fruitless. After being turned down by several private cemeteries, he intends to approach the municipal cemetery in Cambridge, Tsarnaev’s residence for most of the last 11 years. But City Manager Robert Healy says Cambridge doesn’t want him either. The “turmoil, protests, and widespread media presence” would disturb the peace, Healy announced on Sunday, and called on “appropriate federal agencies” to deal with Tsarnaev’s remains.

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