RICHMOND, Va. - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia, the head of an Islamic center said on Friday.
The body of Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police three days after the April 15 bombing, was moved earlier this week from a funeral home in Worcester, Massachusetts, police there said on Thursday. The funeral home had faced a steady stream of protesters over the past week as it struggled to find a cemetery willing to accept the body.Ammar Amonette, imam of the Virginia Islamic center, said Tsarnaev was buried in the Al-Barzakh Cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, outside Richmond, and that he disapproved of the decision.
"It was done by individuals without our knowledge or consent," Amonette said. "We are quite upset. It's affected thousands of Muslims and we were not consulted. It has nothing to do with us."
Tsarnaev, 26, and his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, were identified by the FBI as suspects in setting off bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 others. Dzhokhar is being held in prison west of Boston after being charged with crimes that could carry the death penalty.