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Death Certificate: Tsarnaev shot by police, dragged by vehicle

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev's final resting place in Doswell, Va. Tamerlan Tsarnaev's final resting place in Doswell, Va.

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Tamerlan Tsarnaev's death certificate was released by the Massachusetts medical examiner Friday hours after it was learned the 26-year-old suspected Boston Marathon bomber was buried in Virginia.

The official cause of death for Tsarnaev was listed as "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities" and "blunt trauma to head and torso."

The report said that Tsarnaev was shot by police and then run over and dragged by a motor vehicle on Laurel Street in Watertown on April 19. (Click here to see Death Certificate.)

He was pronounced dead on arrival at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at about 1:35 a.m.

Earlier Friday it was learned that Tsarnaev's body had been transported to Virginia and was buried in a Muslim cemetery north of Richmond.

Ruslan Tsarni, Tsarnaev's uncle, said that the body was buried with the help of a "faith coalition."

According to a press release from that coalition, the effort was initiated by a Richmond woman named Martha Mullen. Mullen contacted several representatives of her church as well as representatives from Muslim, Jewish and Hindu communities and the Al-Barzakh cemetery in Doswell, Va. to work on a plan to transfer and bury the body.

She then put them in contact with Worcester police and Peter Stefan, director of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor in Worcester.

"Jesus tells us 'love your enemies,'" Mullen told her pastor. "Not to hate them even after they are dead." (Click here to read full statement.)

The body was transferred sometime Wednesday or Thursday. The cemetery is located in a rural area off of Interstate 95 north of Richmond.

Tsarnaev's death certificate listed his occupation as "never worked."

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.

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick called a weeklong focus on Tsarnaev's body in Worcester "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.

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.

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