The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a suspect in the 4/15 Boston Marathon bombings, has been refused burial by several cemeteries in America.
There is a rumor on the net that the corpse will be buried in the hallowed grounds of the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) where veterans and military casualties from each of America’s wars are interred.
The rumor is NOT true.
What is true is that a US Air Force veteran named Julie Frein said she is willing to give up her burial plot in ANC for Tsarnaev.
As reported by Fox45, Frein, who lives in Anne Arundel County, said she feels the terrorist suspect should be able to be laid to rest and just wants it to all be over: “I feel sympathy for [his family] in that as long as this issue is open, they can’t have closure.”
When asked how she thought Americans would react to Tsarnaev being buried in a national cemetery, Frein replied, “Well the country would just have to get over that, wouldn’t they? Because nobody, nobody deserves to rot above ground.”
Frein had served in the USAF for two years; her husband in the US Navy for 20 years.
Thankfully, the folks at Arlington National Cemetery are saner than Julie Frein.
On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, this message was posted on ANC’s Facebook page:
We have been receiving calls about the interview a veteran did regarding giving up her space at a veteran cemetery to the Boston Bombing suspect so he can be buried. We want to make it clear that this suspect is not eligible to be buried at Arlington — a veteran can’t transfer their eligibility to another person. Please pass this along to those who are concerned!
H/t FOTM’s Miss May and CSM
According to the Associated Press, Worcester Police said in a statement issued on May 9 that “a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to properly bury the remains” of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The location where his body was buried has not been disclosed, but police indicate that it is not in the city of Worcester.
Tsarnaev was buried in a small Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, about 15 miles from Richmond, the state capital.