Boston bomb suspect buried in Virginia cemetery

Police keep watch outside Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass., Monday, May 6, 2013, where the body of killed Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is being prepared for burial. Funeral director Peter Stefan has pleaded for government officials to use their influence to convince a cemetery to bury Tsarnaev, but so far no state or federal authorities have stepped forward. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Police keep watch outside Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass., Monday, May 6, 2013, where the body of killed Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is being prepared for burial. Funeral director Peter Stefan has pleaded for government officials to use their influence to convince a cemetery to bury Tsarnaev, but so far no state or federal authorities have stepped forward. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is now buried in a small Islamic cemetery in Virginia.

Tsarnaev was killed in the days after the bombing, during a getaway attempt after a gun battle with police. His younger brother remains in custody. Their uncle in Maryland took responsibility for the body, and said his nephew was buried in the cemetery in Doswell, Va., with the help of a faith coalition.

A woman in Richmond who says she helped with arrangements says it was an “interfaith effort” because, in her words, “Jesus says love your enemies.”

The cemetery is hidden among the rural woods and hills about 30 miles north of Richmond, and contains only 47 graves. All were covered today with reddish-brown mulch, except for two that appeared to be newly dug.

The secret interment this week ended a frustrating search for a community willing to take the body. It had been kept at a funeral parlor in Worcester, Mass., as cemeteries in Massachusetts and several other states refused to accept the remains.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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