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Tamerlan Tsarnaev buried: Unidentified person steps up (+video)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev buried: The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been removed from a Worcester, Mass., funeral home. Authorities say Tsarnaev is buried in an undisclosed location.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers from southern Russia and living in Massachusetts, are accused of planting two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260.

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Dzhokhar, who was captured hiding in a tarp-covered boat outside a house in a Boston suburb, was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Their mother has said the charges against them are lies.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a getaway attempt after a gun battle with police, and no burial place has been found for him yet. His body was released by the state medical examiner May 1 and had been in limbo since.

In Washington, the first in a series of hearings to review the government's initial response to the bombing began Thursday. The hearings on Capitol Hill, which will address what information authorities received about the brothers before the bombings and whether they handled it correctly, come less than three weeks after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arrest.

The FBI and CIA separately received vague warnings from Russia's government in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother were religious militants.

Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife, had wanted his body turned over to his side of the family, which claimed it. Nineteen days after his death, cemeteries still refused to take his remains and government officials deflected questions about where he could be buried.

On Wednesday, police in Worcester, west of Boston, pleaded for a resolution, saying they were spending tens of thousands of dollars to protect the funeral home where his body is being kept amid protests.

"We are not barbarians," Police Chief Gary Gemme said. "We bury the dead."

An expert in US burial law said the resistance to Tsarnaev's burial is unprecedented in a country that has always found a way to put to rest its notorious killers, from Lee Harvey Oswald to Adam Lanza, who gunned down 20 children and six educators at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school last year.

Peter Stefan, whose funeral home accepted Tsarnaev's body last week, said Tuesday that none of the 120 offers of graves from the US and Canada has worked out because officials in those cities and towns don't want the body.

In Russia, officials aren't commenting after Tsarnaev's mother said authorities won't allow her son's body into the country so she can bury him in her native Dagestan.

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