Book planned on burial of marathon bombing suspect

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 11:07 AM

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts funeral director who was sharply criticized for handling funeral arrangements for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is writing a book about his experience.

Peter Stefan — the director of a Worcester funeral home — says he received thousands of angry phone calls and threats from people who called his decision "un-American."

Stefan took responsibility for Tsarnaev's remains after a funeral home in North Attleborough was picketed. Stefan's funeral home also was picketed, and it took days to find a cemetery willing to bury Tsarnaev. The body was finally buried in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia.

Stefan says he has been working on the book for a few months and is negotiating with a publisher.

Tsarnaev's brother, Dzhokhar (joh-HAHR'), is awaiting trial in the 2013 bombing.

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