Mayor Thomas M. Menino will not allow the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be buried in the city, his spokeswoman said Tuesday, even as authorities in Worcester, where the body languishes in a funeral home, expressed confidence a solution is near.
“It would be disrespectful to our residents to accommodate this individual,” said Dot Joyce, Menino’s press secretary.
Instead, the mayor wants Tsarnaev’s family to return the body to the suspect’s native Russia, instead of burdening American officials with trying to find a burial plot amid continuing protests and a string of rejections from cemeteries in multiple states.
Menino “is recommending that the family make the decision,” Joyce said. “The mother wants it to return to Russia, and that’s where it should go. We’re not involved in this person’s life at all.”
The mayor’s declaration is the latest turn in a dark saga that has moved from the chaotic terror of Marathon Monday to a lingering, sometimes ugly dispute over how to dispose of the suspect’s remains.
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