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Doswell Burial Of Boston Bombing Suspect Protested

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DOSWELL, VA—A small group gathered Monday, protesting the Doswell burial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

WATCH- Richmond woman talks to 8News about her decision to help bury Tamerlan Tsarneav.

The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) and other pro-freedom organizations gathered at the cemetery Monday to oppose the burial.

 "We are hopeful that the Caroline County Board of Supervisors will investigate and act to correct this matter," VAST Chairman James Lafferty said in a press release. "No terrorist deserves burial in the same soil that so many brave Virginians and Americans died to protect."

The Friday news that Tsarnaev had been buried in Doswell shook Caroline County and infuriated some members of the Islamic community who say the decision to bury Tsarnaev in Virginia was improper.

"He has no relationship in Virginia, no connection," Immam Ammar Amonette with the Islamic Center of Virginia said Friday. "It wasn't proper to bring him here at all."

The suspect's remains were buried at Al-Barzakh Cemetery, a small, Muslim cemetery, according to reports from the Boston Globe.

Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, said Friday that the body was buried in a cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, with the help of a "faith coalition."

Martha Mullen, the Richmond woman who set into motion the Doswell burial, spoke with 8News about her decision to help.

"The only difference in this situation was the fact that he was Muslim," Mullen told 8News. "We expected that there would be some backlash; I think there is a considerable misunderstanding of Muslims ever since 9-11."

Mullen told 8News she wants the country to be able to heal after the tragic Boston Marathon bombings.

"The violence of one person needs to be forgotten, and we need to move forward—we need to have the families of the victims heal," Mullen told 8News. "We need to focus of positive relations with people of different faiths."

Mullen says she offered to help after seeing news reports about towns and cemeteries refusing to allow burial. She said she is not the only person who helped with arrangements.

"It was an interfaith effort," Mullen told the Associated Press. "Basically because Jesus says love your enemies."

Officials say they will examine whether all laws were followed in carrying out the hushed burial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Virginia.

If not, leaders in Caroline County say they could seek to have his body moved elsewhere.

Caroline County Administrator Charles M. Culley, Jr. released the following statement Friday:

"Caroline County was not consulted or given any input into the decision-making process for determining a burial site for this individual. We had no advanced notice of the decision and unfortunately learned of the selection of a burial site through the media. We would much prefer to be associated with positive news reports from the national media, but unfortunately had no say in the matter."

Under Massachusetts law, Tsarnaev could have been buried in Boston, where he was pronounced dead. But, Boston officials said they wouldn't take the body because Tsarnaev lived in Cambridge, and Cambridge also refused.

Tsarnaev was killed April 19 in a getaway attempt after a gunbattle with police. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured later in the day and remains in custody.

Stay with 8News for updates.


Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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