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    It’s normal to be repulsed by suspect’s presence

    A police car sits next to a sign for Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery in Doswell, Virginia where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried.
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    A police car sits next to a sign for Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery in Doswell, Virginia where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried.

    Recent pieces in the Globe berating the reactions of the public and political figures against having the suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, buried in Boston, Cambridge, or the vicinity show the disconnectedness of the media with the psychological state of those affected by this event.

    While we feel compassion for Tsarnaev’s soul, we cannot help but be repulsed at this point by his physical presence, alive or dead. To feel otherwise is not a sign of a superior mind or soul, as some writers seem to assume, but of psychological disconnectedness. Time, which is the best healer, may change this reaction.

    Olga E. Turcotte

    Cambridge