On Thursday, it was reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in Virginia.
Now, the woman, who helped bury the Boston Marathon bombing suspect has received an angry backlash for many. The woman, Martha Mullen, said Tsarnaev is buried 30 miles north of Richmond, Virginia.
“I can’t pretend it’s not difficult to be reviled and maligned,” Martha Mullen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. “But any time you can reach across the divide and work with people that are not like you, that’s what God calls us to do.”
Tsarnaev, who was 26-years-old when he was killed, in a shootout with Boston Police after he was identified as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. The Tsarnaev reportedly wanted to target July 4th, 2013, but had to move up their attack after making of the bombs.
The brothers reportedly attacked at the Boston Marathon, because of their religious views and because of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He was laid to rest on Thursday in Caroline County in Virginia at a small Islamic cemetery. His burial comes nearly a month after he was killed on April 19th, where his body had remained in a Worcester, Massachusetts funeral parlor.
After his actions of setting of two bombs at the Boston Marathon, with his younger brother, which killed three people and injured more than 260 people in Boston, there were several cemeteries in Massachusetts and other states did not want to accept his remains. The Worcester police even had to appeal to individuals to find a place to bury this suspect.
“I thought someone ought to do something about this — and I am someone,” Mullen said.
Mullen would then reach out to numerous faith organizations to help with Tsarnaev’s burial. She would find him a place at the Al-Barzakh cemetery.
“Nobody is without sin,” she said. “Certainly this was a horrific act, but he’s dead and what happened is between him and God. We just need to bury his body and move forward. People were making an issue and detracting from the healing that needed to take place.”
While Mullen tried to help, there are individuals, like Imam Ammar Amonette, who are furious that Tsarnaev was buried in Virginia. Amonette, who is apart of the Islamic Center of Virginia, said he was never consulted before this all came about.
“The whole Muslim community here is furious. Frankly, we are furious that we were never given any information. It was all done secretly behind our backs,” Amonette said, adding that it “makes no sense whatsoever” that Tsarnaev’s body was buried in Virginia.
“Now everybody who’s buried in that cemetery, their loved ones are going to have to go to that place,” he said.
With this burial, there may be more problems than initially thought. It seems like nobody, besides the faith based organization, wants Tsarnaev in Virginia.
Time will tell if they will have to move his body at a later date, or if he will get to stay in Virginia.
“If they didn’t want him in Boston, why did they bring him all the way down here against our wishes?” said Jaquese Goodall, 21. “I am worried because his people may come down here to visit and there will be a whole lot of problems from him being here.”
Also apparently, no law enforcement officials were aware of Tsarnaev coming to Virginia either. Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said, “I know of no Virginia law enforcement agency that was notified. No one in county or state government was aware of this.”