Cambridge Pastor: Don’t Turn Away Suspect’s Body

Reverend Fred Small. (Twitter)

Reverend Fred Small. (Twitter)

What to do with the body of marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is among the more curious and unexpected questions in the wake of the tragedy.

The body remains in limbo in a Worcester funeral home. Tsarnaev’s uncle wants to bury him in Cambridge where the suspect lived for the past 10 years, but Cambridge city officials have asked the family not to apply for a burial permit.

The mother of Tsarnaev says she wants his body returned to Russia, and many of the protesters outside the funeral home are calling for the same thing.

The funeral home director says he hasn’t yet had any luck finding a cemetery that will take the body, inside or outside of Massachusetts.

While the emotion around this issues is understandable, the Reverend Fred Small of First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist, has a different view.

He published a letter yesterday that said, if the Tsarnaev’s family seeks burial in Cambridge, the city should not turn them away.


Fred Small, pastor of First Parish in Cambridge.

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