WORCESTER, Mass. - Three weeks after Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a gun battle with police, his body has been buried in an undisclosed location, according to Worcester police.
"As a result of our public appeal for help a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," police said in a release on Thursday.
The announcement comes after countless cemeteries refused to take his remains and government officials deflected questions about where he could be buried, reported WCVB-TV, 7NEWS' sister station in Boston.
"His body is no longer in the city of Worcester and is now entombed," the statement said, not specifying where the body was buried.
Tsarnaev was fatally wounded in Watertown after police confronted him in a stolen car. He was shot several times by police, then was run over with the car by his fleeing brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his accomplice in the deadly April 15 bombing, authorities have said.
The bombing, involving pressure cookers packed with explosives and shrapnel near the marathon's finish line, killed three people and injured about 260 others.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body was released by the state medical examiner May 1, moved to the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor in Worcester and has been in limbo since. Tsarnaev's widow had wanted his body turned over to his side of the family, which claimed it.
An expert in U.S. burial law said the resistance to Tsarnaev's burial is unprecedented in a country that has always found a way to put to rest its notorious killers, from Lee Harvey Oswald to Adam Lanza, who gunned down 20 children and six educators at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school last year.
"It's very unusual that people are so fixated on this," said Tanya Marsh, a Wake University professor. "There are a lot of evil people buried in marked graves in the United States. Traditionally, in the United States, ... when somebody dies, that's the end of their punishment."