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Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Rejected for Burial in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The grave of Canadian Muslim convert William Plotnikov is seen in the Dagestani village of Utamysh, some 85 km (53 miles) south of the capital Makhachkala May 1, 2013. An ethnic Russian who immigrated to Toronto with his parents as a teenager in 2005, Plotnikov converted to Islam as a young man and flew to Dagestan to join Islamist militants waging an insurgency against Russian rule of the North Caucasus. The abrupt transformation of a Russian emigre into a rebel fighter strikes an astonishing parallel with the life of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the son of Chechen immigrants to the United States who is now the prime suspect in the Boston bombings. REUTERS/Maria Golovnina (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) - RTXZ6TQ

Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body awaits burial but the family is having trouble finding an Islamic center to conduct the last rites. Anchor, Marco Werman speaks with Shahina Siddiqui, president of the Islamic Social Services Association in Canada about what's involved with Islamic last rites.

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On Sunday city officials in Cambridge, MA announced that they would not receive Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body for burial in the city.

His widow, Katherine Russell, has declined to claim his body. His parents have not returned to the U.S. to claim it. The duty has fallen upon his uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland.

Currently, his body rests at a funeral home in Worcester awaiting a Muslim burial. Who will perform the burial is still very much in question.

Anchor, Marco Werman spoke with Shahina Siddiqui, president of the Islamic Social Services Association in Winnipeg, Canada about what's involved with Islamic last rites.

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