DOSWELL, Va. (WAVY) - Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia confirms Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell.
Tuesday, Martha Mullen of Richmond began the effort to find a final resting place for Tsarnaev by sending an email to local representatives of the Methodist, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu communities. She received an offer of a donated burial plot from the administrator of Al-Barzakh Cemetery in Doswell.
The cemetery provides Muslim burial according to the moral code and religious law of Islam.
Mullen contacted the Worcester, Mass. police and asked them to give Peter Stefan, the funeral director of Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors the cemetery's information. Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, aided in the transfer of Tsarnaev's remains.
On April 15, two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 100 others. Two suspects, identified as brothers Tamerlan and Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, later engaged in a shootout with police, where Tamerlan was killed.
Thursday, Tsarnaev's body was quietly moved to Doswell without public notice.
"We are all brothers and sisters in our humanity," an administrator said. "Muslims, Jews and Christians all believe we are created by God out of one man, a soul and a body. To God belongs the soul, and He has the final judgment…what Tsarnaev did is between him and God. We strongly disagree with his actions, but that does not release us from our obligation to return his body to the earth…We must all take a more positive, proactive approach with our children. We need to be in communication with them and know what they are exposed to on the Internet. As fathers and mothers, we must protect our children before they become poisoned by hatred."
WAVY.com has a crew on the way to Doswell and is working to contact officials at the cemetery.
Doswell is east of Kings Dominion, about two hours from Portsmouth. Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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