HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A
retired Vermont teacher has offered a spot in his family's Connecticut
cemetery plot to the family of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who
died last month following a shootout with police.
In a blog post Monday, Paul Keane
wrote that he would offer a spot in his family plot in the Mount Carmel
Burying Ground in Hamden, Conn., to the family of Tamerlan Tsarnaev,
who was killed following a shootout with police four days after the
April 15 bombing, if the family cannot find one elsewhere.
only condition is that I do it in memory of my mother who taught Sunday
School at the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church for 20 years and taught
me to 'love thine enemy,'" he wrote.
The Massachusetts funeral director handling Tsarnaev's remains has been unable to find a cemetery where he could be buried.
family has received 120 offers of cemetery plots, but Worcester funeral
home director Peter Stefan has said none of graves have worked out
because officials in those cities and towns don't want the body.
Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson said he first heard about the offer from a reporter.
certainly hope if this offer is legitimate, and is legitimately being
offered in the spirit of whom it claims to be, then I would guess it
would actually be done in a different way — in a quiet way, in a
Christian way, that requested or required no additional comment,"
Keane grew up in Hamden. He retired a year ago after teaching English for about 25 years at Vermont's Hartford High School.