Bombing suspect’s mother wants body returned to Russia

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As protests continued outside the Worcester funeral home where Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body lay washed and shrouded, Governor Deval Patrick on Monday urged his family to resolve the emotional question of where to bury the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

“This isn’t a state or a federal issue; it’s the family’s issue,” Patrick told reporters in New Bedford. “And the family has some options. I assume they will make a decision soon. I hope they do.”

The search for a burial plot has led to vitriolic protests, rejections by several cemeteries, and a plea for federal help to settle the matter.

Even the Tsarnaev family has offered differing solutions, with his mother asking that the body be returned to Russia, according to the funeral director.

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