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Funeral Home Director Speaks Out On Boston Bomber Burial Controversy

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The Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery where Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried in Doswell, Va., Monday, May 13, 2013.\
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The Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery where Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried in Doswell, Va., Monday, May 13, 2013.\

The director of the Massachusetts funeral home where Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's  body was held, is speaking out against controversy surrounding Tsarnev's Virginia burial location.

Peter Stefan, has worked with authorities for weeks to find a cemetary that would accept Tsarnaev's body.  He says he may not agree with how things were done when the body of the suspected bomber was finally  buried last week in Caroline County, Virginia, but it was legal.

Stefan's comments come as a group called the Anti-Shariah Task Force pushes Virginia lawmakers to send Tsarnaev's body elsewhere. They call the burial a "sneak attack'' on Virginia's residents. 

Stefan says Massachusetts law gives families the right to bury their relatives, and they had a permit to take the body to Virginia. He says he would have rather sent  the body to Tsarnaev's family in Russia. 

The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force is an activist organization that also opposed establishment of an Islamic school in northern Virginia.

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