Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia, Boston officials said Friday as they released the official death certificate for a suspect in the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
Officials said earlier this week that Tsarnaev’s remains had been entombed, but gave no indication where. The remains were interred at al-Barzakh Muslim Cemetery in Doswell, Va., outside Richmond.
At least four local cemeteries as well as the cities of Boston and Cambridge had refused to take the body of the 26-year-old man. The body had been kept at a funeral home in Worcester, Mass., during the dispute over how to deal with Tsarnaev’s remains.
Officials have said that Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar, 19, placed two pressure-cooker bombs along the finish line area to the Boston Marathon on April 15. The devices exploded with 10 seconds of each other, killing three and injuring more than 260.
Late on April 18, the brothers killed an MIT campus officer and carjacked a vehicle and driver, who later escaped, officials allege. The brothers then sped off to Watertown where they fought a gun battle with police, officials said.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died from “gunshot wounds of torso and extremities and blunt trauma to head and torso,” according to the death certificate. He was “shot by police and then run over and dragged by motor vehicle,” the certificate says. Authorities have previously said Dzhokhar ran over his brother with a car while fleeing the scene of the gun battle.
Tamerlan was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. on April 19 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to the certificate.
Dzhokhar was captured the evening of April 19 while hiding in a boat in the backyard of a house in Watertown. He has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and is being held in a federal prison medical facility 40 miles outside Boston.
It was the Tsarnaevs’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, who took responsibility for the remains. He told reporters that the burial was arranged with the help of an interfaith coalition.
Meanwhile, Tsarnaev’s parents have “made their peace with the fact that he is buried,” said Kheda Saratova, a human rights activist who spoke to the family shortly after they heard from Tsarni. Saratova, in a telephone interview with the Boston Globe, said the parents said they would visit the burial site.