NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - State officials continue to struggle to find a place to bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The body of Boston Bombing Suspect #1 was recently claimed by his uncle, but after continued opposition by Massachusetts residents to bury him in the state, his family and state officials are still grappling to find a solution.
Tsarnaev's body has been above ground for more than two weeks. As of Monday, it remained inside a Worcester funeral home ; where he will be buried still remains a question.
"The act is over and done with. He's dead it's over. If there's a big objection to this, my answer is send the body back to Chechnya," said Mike Haley of Conway.
Cemeteries across Massachusetts refuse to bury the body. The funeral home's director said he's received offers from more than 120 people from across the country and Canada offering to bury Tsarnaev.
St. Mary's Cemetery is a private cemetery in Northampton. Superintendent Dennis Livieratos told 22News if you own a plot, burial conditions depend on the cemetery.
"In the Catholic Cemetery, at least one of the wife or the husband would need to be Catholic for their other spouse is buried here or if they are not," said Livieratos in Northampton on Tuesday.
Denominations don't matter at city cemeteries which are public; meaning anyone can be buried. "We don't turn anyone away," said N orthampton's Parks & Cemeteries Superintendent William Sullivan.
Sullivan said when burying someone like Tsarnaev, the cemetery runs the risk it could become a shrine or an attraction; making it difficult for people to mourn their loved ones. "You notice how much somebody really loves somebody and how much they really cared about them when they come to visit every day. This gives them the comfort that they need. And it's enjoyable to see them."
The funeral home's director says Tsarnaev's mother wants her son's remains returned to Russia, but he doesn't think Russia will take Tsarnaev's body.