A funeral director (that's an undertaker if you are old fashioned or plain speaking) in Worcester, Mass., took responsibility for Boston bomber Tamerlan Tzarnaev's corpse on May 1 when the police were through with it. He has prepared it according to Muslim custom (no cremation allowed) -- but no burial site has been found and he's got protestors at his doors.
Worcester's police chief is begging for authorities to clear the way for a burial. "We are not barbarians. We bury the dead."
According to an Associated Press story today,
I'm glad to hear there were 120 offers of burial sites, even if local authorities seem to have blocked using any of them so far.
For some reason I find this episode extremely upsetting. Boston is being "strong;" this isn't strong.
UPDATE: Apparently they've accomplished a burial. According to the NY Times:
But in the same article, this episode is still inspiring thoughtless nonsense.
Rare? Really? What did they do with John Brown? Or John Wilkes Booth? Or Lee Harvey Oswald? Or David Koresh? Come on. When people are dead, you bury the bodies, unless you are barbarians.