The aunt of Tamerlan Tsarnaev was denied by one mosque in Boston to host a funeral for her slain nephew. Patimat Suleimanova said Tsarnaev’s uncles originally approached the mosque.
Services were immediately denied, but some of the leaders admitted that federal investigators had been questioning various mosques recently in the Boston area.
The other bombing suspect, 19-year-old Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, is still recovering in a hospital from gunshot wounds.
On Tuesday, members of The Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge were questioned. And while that mosque hasn’t yet decided if it would host a funeral for Tsarnaev — with one spokesman admitting that “the things this guy did were absolutely disgraceful,” but that scholars were in charge of making the funeral decision — another has publicly said “no,” NBC reported.
Iman Talal Eid with the Islamic Institute of Boston told the Huffington Post that he “would not be willing to do a funeral for [Tamerlan]. This is a person who deliberately killed people. There is no room for him as a Muslim.”
The surviving brother has told investigators that the pair acted alone, were inspired by an al Qaeda propaganda magazine, and plotted the bombing to defend Islam after the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to federal law enforcement officials.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed early Friday after a shootout with police in the Boston suburbs.
A mosque in Cambridge, Mass., has said that Tsarnaev attended and occasionally caused disruptions and that mosque leaders threatened to kick him out.