Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Buried Outside City

By: CBS News (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: CBS News (Posted by Josh Mabry)

BOSTON (CBS)-- Police in Worcester, Mass., say the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried outside of the city.

Police said in a statement Thursday that "a courageous and compassionate individual came forward" to properly bury the remains, which had been at a Worcester funeral home for about a week.

Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst says the body is no longer in Worcester and is now entombed.

Police did not disclose where the body was taken.

Tsarnaev's body had been at the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors for a week. Director Peter Stefan says he could not find a community willing to take the body, including Cambridge, where the family had lived for a decade. Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, had custody of the body.

Earlier this week, the founder of the organization that built Colorado's largest mosque offered to bury Tsarnaev in a Denver-area Muslim cemetery. Sheikh Abu-Omar Almubarac said Monday he would pay for a traditional Muslim burial - no headstone, monument or casket - at a plot at a Muslim cemetery in Denver or Bennett.

Meanwhile, the Boston police commissioner says three city police officers were working with the U.S. terrorism task force but didn't know about vague warnings by Russia's government about Tsarnaev.

Commissioner Edward Davis says he would have liked to known that Russian authorities had warned the FBI that Tsarnaev was a radical extremist before the April 15 attacks.

Davis, testifying at a hearing on the attacks, said Thursday he can't say exactly what police would have done with that information. But he said police likely would have at least looked closely at Tsarnaev.

Former Senator Joseph Lieberman told lawmakers more threat information should be shared with state and local police, who he called "your first line of defense."

"Though it would not have been easy, it was possible to have prevented the terrorist attacks in Boston," said Lieberman said. "In a literal sense, the homeland security system, we must acknowledge, that we built after 9 /11...failed to stop the Tsarnaev brothers."

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