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Boston Marathon bomber's body not buried in Connecticut

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

More questions than answers remain on the burial of one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body was at a Worcester funeral home until Wednesday night, when it was moved and entombed.

However, police will not specify the exact location of the body in Worcester.

"As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual has come forward to provide the assistance necessary to properly bury the deceased," said Worcester police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst.

There was talk about Tsarnaev's body being buried in Connecticut, including locations in Hamden and Enfield. 

Attention was focused on an Enfield cemetery, which is the only exclusively Muslim cemetery in New England.

In Enfield, the leader of the Islamic Center of Connecticut said his mosque is not willing to take his body, either.

"The town of Cambridge have to deal with it," Imam Mohamed Haidara previously told Eyewitness News. "The local Muslim community over there have to deal with it, the family has to deal with it. I don't know why it would come to us here."

A Vermont man, Paul Keanet, who graduated from the Yale Divinity School, offered the plot inside the Mount Carmel Burial Ground under one condition - that it's done in memory of his mother, Barbara, who passed away in 1985.

People, who have loved ones at the Mount Carmel cemetery, gathered Tuesday as a group to voice their concerns about having the known killer buried in Hamden.

Keane told Eyewitness News Thursday that the body was not buried in his plot.

A Connecticut disc jockey voiced his opposition and said he was personally willing to purchase a burial plot for Tsarnaev as long as it was not in Connecticut or Massachusetts.

An attorney was hired to represent the families, who had loved ones buried at the Mount Carmel burial ground.

On Wednesday, cemetery officials in Hamden told the attorney that they decided not to accept the body.

After hearing the news of the burial, Enfield residents were glad the body was not buried in their city.

"I personally am not comfortable with him being on this soil," said Kenneth Roberts, of Enfield. "But if he were buried here, I am not going to lose any sleep over it."

Eyewitness News has learned Haidara reassured town leaders the body is not at their cemetery.

The topic has touched off lots of controversy in Enfield including with a local jeweler, who proudly displayed bracelets to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon.

"A lot of people who were running the race, were running for the charities," said business owner Ann Hapern. "It was supposed to be a goodwill kind of thing and instead we ended up with a massacre."

Some Enfield residents told Eyewitness they feel the body should have been brought to Russia where Tsarnaev was born.

However, his uncle has felt he should be buried Cambridge where he lived.

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