Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Search, Funeral Set after Boston ; Officials: Brothers Eyed July 4 Bombing

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Search, Funeral Set after Boston ; Officials: Brothers Eyed July 4 Bombing

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BOSTON - The family of slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev made arrangements Friday for his funeral as investigators searched the woods near a college attended by his younger brother and fellow suspect. A funeral parlor in Worcester that is familiar with Muslim services said it will handle arrangements for Tsarnaev, whose body was released by the state medical examiner Thursday night.

The body was taken initially to a North Attleborough funeral home, where it was greeted by about 20 protesters. Peter Stefan, owner of Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, an hour's drive west of Boston, said everybody deserves a dignified burial service no matter the circumstances of his or her death and he is prepared for protests.

Tsarnaev, 26, died three days after the bombing in a furious getaway attempt in which authorities say he and his brother, ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the United States about a decade ago, killed an MIT campus police officer and tossed homemade bombs and grenades at police. The younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, ran over his brother's body as he drove away from the scene to escape, authorities have said.

A death certificate says Tamerlan Tsarnaev died from gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and torso. Stefan read details from the death certificate Friday.

Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with authorities. Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene.

Relatives had said they would claim the body, but Stefan said Friday funeral arrangements had yet to be worked out and he could not say whether he has possession of the body.

Meanwhile, two U.S. officials said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators that he and his brother initially considered setting off their bombs on July Fourth.

Boston police said they planned to review security procedures for the Independence Day Boston Pops concert and fireworks display, which draws a crowd of more than 500,000 annually and is broadcast to a national TV audience. …

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