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Uncle Of Suspected Boston Bombers Helps With Older Nephew's Funeral

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The suspect's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., addressed reporters in a press conference on Friday, April 19, 2013.
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The suspect's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., addressed reporters in a press conference on Friday, April 19, 2013.

The uncle of the suspected Boston bombers, who spoke out against the brothers after the attack, is helping with his older nephew's funeral.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, of Montgomery Village, Maryland, and three of his friends met with Funeral Director Peter Stefan in Boston to wash and shroud Tsarnaev's body according to Muslim tradition.

Tsarni says he is arranging for Tsarnaev's burial because religion and tradition call for his nephew to be buried. He says he wants his nephew to rest in Massachusetts because that was his home for the last decade, but the funeral director is having trouble finding a cemetary that will take the body.

Tsarni has denounced the acts his nephews are accused of committing and has said they brought shame to the family and the entire Chechen ethnicity. He says he is grateful to Stefan for agreeing to arrange the burial and to his friends for coming with him to Massachusetts to aid with the funeral.

Tsarni says that he hopes to eventually see Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his prison hospital.

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