Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s burial in Virginia “appears to be legal,” officials in Caroline County said on Saturday.
“It appears at this point, from the documentations that we have here [that] the funeral home transportation of the body has been done properly,” Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa told The Boston Globe
Lippa told the Globe that he had been up as late as 3 a.m. on Saturday reviewing burial documents and other data from Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, which handled Tsarnaev’s burial on Thursday in Doswell, Va., about 15 miles north of Richmond.
Caroline County officials said on Friday that they were surprised that Tsarnaev, who was killed in a fierce shootout with authorities four days after the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon, had been buried in Doswell.
They promised to investigate whether the burial had occurred in accordance with the law.
They also asked the Virginia attorney general to investigate the legality of the burial, but a spokesman for the attorney general’s office told the Globe late on Friday that the office had no jurisdiction over the burial.
County officials said that they would investigate removing Tsarnaev’s body if any laws were broken. But if not, they said they would have little choice but to leave the body there, the Globe reports.
Tsarnaev’s 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, who faces federal charges that could lead to the death penalty, remained in a prison hospital outside Boston.
Three men charged with obstructing the investigation — Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19-year-old Kazakh nationals, and Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge — are being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Middleton, Mass.
Their attorneys have said they are not guilty of any crimes.
Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured in the two blasts near the marathon’s finish line. The Tsarnaev brothers are also accused of killing MIT security officer Sean Collier.
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