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Sheriff: Burial Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Appears Legal

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev's 2009 booking photo. (Image courtesy: Cambridge Police)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s 2009 booking photo. (Image courtesy: Cambridge Police)

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — The burial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a Virginia cemetery appears to be legal, according to a local law enforcement official.

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said late Saturday that officials had examined paperwork necessary to move Tsarnaev’s corpse from Massachusetts for its Virginia burial, and the interment appears legal. But he said his small department lacks the money and personnel to provide round-the-clock stakeouts at the cemetery as deputies did Friday night, which passed without incident.

“The Sheriff’s Office will offer the same amount of protection — no more and no less — to this site as any other cemetery in Caroline County,” Lippa said in a press release, noting that the owners of the cemetery can hire private security to guard Tsarnaev’s grave from vandals if they wish.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, are accused of setting off two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown. His brother was wounded and is in custody.

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