Tuesday May 7, 2013

BOSTON (AP) -- The candidates vying in a special election campaign for a U.S. Senate agreed Monday that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev should not be buried in the state.

"I think that the people of Massachusetts have a right to say that they do not want that terrorist to be buried on the soil of Massachusetts," said Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey.

Republican Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, said he believed the suspect’s body should be dealt with in the same manner as the body of Osama bin Laden was disposed of after the al-Qaida leader was killed in a 2011 raid.

"Terrorist (hash)1 should not be buried in Massachusetts. I’d like to see him buried at sea, where we dropped off Bin Laden," Gomez said in a statement.

Tsarnaev’s body is at a Worcester funeral home, but funeral director Peter Stefan said he has not found a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to accept the remains of Tamerlan, who was killed following a gunbattle with police four days after the bombings.

Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy said he was urging the Tsarnaev family not to request a burial where the dead suspect and his surviving brother, Dzhokhar, lived for the past decade.

Gov. Deval Patrick declined to comment Monday when asked his opinion on whether the Tamerlan Tsarnaev remains should be buried in Massachusetts, saying it was an issue that should be decided by the family of the dead suspect.


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He said relatives had "options" and that he hoped they would make a decision soon.

Markey and Gomez are vying for the Senate seat held formerly by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The special election is June 25.