The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was picked up Thursday from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Massachusetts, a spokesman told CNN
The medical examiner determined Tsarnaev's cause of death Monday, but officials said it won't become public until a death certificate is filed.
Tsarnaev's widow, Katherine Russell, who lives in Rhode Island, learned this week that the medical examiner was ready to release his body and wanted it released to his side of the family, her attorney Amato DeLuca said days ago.
Tsarnaev's uncle Ruslan Tsarni, of Maryland, said Tuesday night the family would take the body.
"Of course, family members will take possession of the body," Tsarni said. "We'll do it. We will do it. A family is a family."
Tsarnaev, who after the marathon bombing had appeared in surveillance photos wearing a black cap and identified as Suspect No. 1, died following a gunfight with authorities who had launched a massive manhunt for him.
The April 15 bombing, near the marathon's finish line, killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
Authorities said Tsarnaev and his younger brother during the gunfight with police set off a pressure cooker bomb and tossed grenades before the older brother ran of ammunition.
Police said they tackled the older brother and began to handcuff him but had to dive out of the way at the last second when the younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, drove a stolen car at them. They said the younger brother then ran over his brother's body as he drove away from the scene to escape.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in a federal prison and faces a charge of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.
The Tsarnaev brothers' mother says the allegations against them are lies.
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