A Massachusetts state senator has called on the federal government to intervene in efforts to find a place to bury the elder Boston Marathon bomber.
State Sen. Harriet L. Chandler, D-Worcester, said the Unites States needs to help alleviate a Worcester funeral home’s burden of having accepted Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s corpse on Friday after it was released by the state medical examiner, Fox News reported.
Peter Stefan, owner of the Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlorsת has told The Boston Herald his business has been inundated by protesters since accepting the body.
Stefan added that the funeral parlor cannot book any new business until convincing a cemetery to provide a plot for the body.
“The federal government needs to step in,” said Chandler. “But I’m not sure what they’re going to do or where will they go. Peter Stefan is a very respected and respectable funeral home director in Worcester. He’s a good man. This can’t continue. He’s taking a financial loss as a result of this.”
Stefan accepted Tsarnaev’s body Friday after it was initially sent to a North Attleborough funeral home, where dozens of protesters gathered.
“We have a body for burial that has caused a lot of controversy and we can’t continue to play this game,” Stefan told The Herald.
“Under normal circumstances, the government would say it’s (the funeral parlor’s) responsibility to find a place for burial, but this is not normal circumstances. This is a nightmare.”