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Boston to Russia, final resting place for Tsarnaev a mystery

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WORCESTER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) – Two weeks have passed since one of the men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings died following a gun battle with police and it's still not clear where he will be laid to rest.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body was last at a funeral parlor in Worcester. The parlor's director, Peter Stefan, said he hasn't been able to find a cemetery in Massachusetts that would take the body.

Stefan reportedly spoke with Tamerlan's mother Monday about her son's burial. She asked Stefan to send Tamerlan's body to Russia.

A half-dozen protesters gathered outside the funeral home Sunday holding signs and American flags and chanting "USA!" One sign read: "Do not bury him on U.S. soil." Several people drove by the funeral home earlier Sunday and yelled, including one man who shouted, "Throw him off a boat like Osama bin Laden!"

"We take an oath to do this. Can I pick and choose? No. Can I separate the sins from the sinners? No," Stefan said. "We are burying a dead body. That's what we do."

Stefan said he would ask the city of Cambridge to take Tsarnaev's body. The problem is, the city doesn't want it.

Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy said in a statement Sunday that he is urging the funeral director and Tsarnaev's family not to request a burial permit for the city-owned cemetery.

"The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment," Healy said.

Gov. Deval Patrick said the issue of where to put the body isn't a governmental one.

"This isn't a state or federal issue. It's a family issue," said Patrick. "Our focus now has to be on prosecuting those involved and getting to the end of an investigation."

Stefan said the ideal situation would be if the body could be sent to Russia, where Tsarnaev's parents live.

"Russia is a great idea," he said.

Meanwhile, a Worcester community activist started a fund that would pay for Tsarnaev's body to be shipped to Russia for burial.

At a press conference Monday morning William Breault said he was hoping to raise the $3,000 to $7,000 it would cost to have the body sent to Russia. He said he's already raised $1,500.

The candidates in the special election for the vacant Massachusetts U.S. Senate agreed with each other that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev should not be buried in the state.

Republican Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, sent a tweet on Monday saying he believed the suspect's body should be buried at sea in the same manner as the body of Osama bin Laden.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey said he believes Massachusetts residents have the right to say no to having it buried in the state.

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