BOSTON — The dispute over where to bury suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev escalated Wednesday as a Massachusetts police chief urged someone to step forward with a cemetery plot, saying: “We are not barbarians. We bury the dead.”
Worcester police Chief Gary Gemme’s plea came a day after he said that a deal struck Monday to bury the 26-year-old’s remains at a state prison site dissolved, with state officials no longer offering cooperation Tuesday.
State corrections officials didn’t immediately return a phone message Wednesday.
Police said it’s costing the department tens of thousands of dollars to provide security at the funeral home that is holding Tsarnaev’s body, and officer details are wasting precious resources.
Gemme said sending the body to Russia is “not an option,” as Boston Mayor Thomas Menino suggested Tuesday, when he also said through an aide that he didn’t want the bombing suspect buried in Boston.
Worcester funeral home director Peter Stefan has said none of the 120 offers of graves from the U.S. and Canada has worked out because officials in those cities and towns don’t want the body.