Denver - Colorado Muslim Society officials strongly refuted reports Monday that the organization and its mosque, the Front Range's largest, is any way connected with Sheikh Abu-Omar Almubarac, who reportedly is offering to bury suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a Denver-area Muslim cemetery.
Almubarac told the Associated Press he'll bury Tsarnaev as long as his family can get the body to Denver. Almubarac says only God can judge Tsarnaev.
Almubarac made the statement as Tsarnaev's body lay in a Worcester, Mass., funeral home for a fourth day. No Massachusetts cemetery has offered space for Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police days after the marathon bombings.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that it was up to the Tsarnaev family, not the state, to resolve where the burial would take place.
In Colorado, Almubarac said he would pay for a traditional Muslim burial -- no headstone, monument or casket -- at a plot at a Muslim cemetery in Denver or Bennett. Almubarac refused to say which one out of concern for "undue publicity." The AP reported that Almubarac incorporated the Colorado Muslim Society in the late 1960s, which later built the mosque on Parker Road in Denver.
However, the Colorado Muslim Society's Board of Directors issued a statement Monday night saying that Almubarac does not speak for the Muslim Society.
Here's the full statement:
"It has recently been reported that the Colorado Muslim Society has offered to provide burial services for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the individuals who perpetrated the grave and destructive bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. This report is absolutely untrue. The individual who has reportedly made this offer does not speak on behalf of the Colorado Muslim Society.
"The Colorado Muslim Society strongly condemns all acts of violence and grieves with all of America after the attacks in Boston. The conduct of Tamerlan Tsarnaev is abhorrent and contrary to every principle and belief that underlies the purpose of the Colorado Muslim Society."