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Worcester PD: Tsarnaev’s body moved from city

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WORCESTER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body has been removed from Worcester.

Worcester police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst told FOX 25's Catherine Parrotta that the body had been removed from the city and was entombed elsewhere.

"A courageous and compassionate person came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," said Hazelhurst.

Hazelhurst did not say where the body had been moved.

A hearse was seen leaving Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor where the body was previously held at about 3 a.m. Thursday. It was not immediately known if the hearse was carrying Tsarnaev's body.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he's glad Tamerlan Tsarnaev's family has found a burial location, but says he doesn't know where that is. Patrick said he hopes attention can now return to the victims of the bombings.

Patrick called the weeklong focus on Tsarnaev's body "a circus." He said the decision where to bury the body was a family matter and he's glad the family finally exercised one of its options.

Patrick also said that law enforcement officials are trying to come up with security plans for other big outdoor events like the Fourth of July celebration on Boston's Charles River Esplanade.

The fate of Tsarnaev's body had been a mystery in the weeks following his death after a shootout with police. Funeral home director Peter Stefan said he had reached out to hundreds of cemeteries that all refused to take the body.

The city of Cambridge, where the Tsarnaev brothers had lived, outright refused to take the remains and shipping it to Tsarnaev's homeland, Russia, was also off the table.

Worcester police had spent tens of thousands of dollars a day providing security details to the funeral home.

Authorities allege Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, carried out the April 15 bombings near the Boston Marathon finish line, using pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings and metal shards. The attack killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains imprisoned on charges in the case.

U.S. law enforcement officials have been trying to determine whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev was indoctrinated or trained by militants during a 2012 visit to Dagestan, a Caspian Sea province that has become the center of a simmering Islamic insurgency.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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