WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) - A man from Ohio says that he is willing to have Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev buried in a plot that his family owns.
The man, who does not want his name or face to be revealed, spoke Monday with 22News' sister station, WKBN-TV in Youngstown, Ohio. He said that he believes that God wants him to have Tsarnaev buried in the unused plot at Crown Hill Cemetery in Vienna, Ohio.
The would-be donor is a Seventh Day Adventist Christian, who believes in a strict interpretation of the Bible, particularly Jesus' call to love your enemies. He said that he hopes that good would come out of his act.
"This man (Tsarnaev) can no longer hurt anyone in this country, and perhaps God can use this act of kindness to change somebody else's mind and keep anyone else from harming or trying to harm someone in the United States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter," he told WKBN.
Tsarnaev's body is currently still in Massachusetts; being held at the Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Home in Worcester. The home has had a difficult time finding a place to bury Tsarnaev, as no Massachusetts cemetery has expressed willingness to have him buried there.
The plot owner says that he understands that people would be upset by his offer, and noted that members of his own family are unhappy with it.
"The acts that were carried out in Boston were heinous. I have prayed for the victims. I have prayed for the families of those who lost loved ones, and I will continue to do that- but it's the right thing to do," he said.
It is unclear whether the Ohio man's offer will be accepted. He says that money would have to be raised for a $100 transfer fee at the cemetery, and Tsarnaev's family would have to arrange the body's transport to Ohio.