Tamerlan's Cause of Death Revealed

Funeral home owner reads from death certificate
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2013 5:34 AM CDT
Cause of Death: Gunshots, Blunt Force Trauma
IA 2010 photo of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie)

The death certificate of Tamerlan Tsarnaev apparently will hold no surprises. While Massachusetts officials have yet to release it publicly, the owner of the Worcester funeral home with his body said it lists the cause of death as "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities" and "blunt trauma to head and torso," reports CNN. That gibes with what authorities have previously said: Tamerlan was hit by police bullets and run over by Dzhokhar as the younger brother fled their shootout in a stolen SUV. The certificate lists the time of death as 1:35am on April 19, reports AP.

The funeral home, meanwhile, is still striking out in finding a cemetery willing to take the body. "There’s a fear there,” owner Peter Stefan of the Graham Putnam and Mahoney funeral parlor tells WBZ. "Will people want to go to the cemetery, or will people be upset that somebody who’s a terrorist will be buried next to their Uncle Freddy.” (More Tamerlan Tsarnaev stories.)

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