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Gov. Deval Patrick says he doesn’t want to get drawn into the debate over where a deceased Boston Marathon Bombing suspect should be buried. 

Speaking in New Bedford on Monday, Patrick said its the families decision…..


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Meantime, Worcester funeral home director Peter Stefan says he has been unable to find a cemetery willing to accept the body of  bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

He says the mother of the suspect wants the body returned to Russia for burial.
 But Stefan says he doesn’t think Russia will take the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and is working on other arrangements, which include offers from out-of-state cemeteries. 

He added he was worried protests will rise up at any place that agrees to bury Tsarnaev, as they have at Stefan’s Worcester funeral home. 

Stefan has said he plans to ask for a burial in the city of Cambridge, where Tsarnaev lived. Cambridge has urged him not to do so.  A burial law expert says Massachusetts law requires communities to provide suitable burial for residents and the family could try to force Cambridge to take it.

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