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Tamerlan Tsarnaev Funeral With Muslim Rites Planned For Worcester

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev's funeral arrangements, including Muslim rites, being handled by Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester | AP

BOSTON -- Funeral arrangements for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a shootout with police are being handled by a funeral home that has experience with Muslim services.

Peter Stefan, owner of Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester (WUS'-tur) confirmed Friday he is handling funeral arrangements for Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-lun tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) but he could not confirm whether he has possession of the body.

Stefan says everybody deserves a dignified burial service no matter the circumstances of their death and he is prepared for protests. He says arrangements have yet to be worked out.

Several protesters showed up outside a North Attleborough funeral home Thursday night where Tsarnaev's body was taken following its release by the state medical examiner.

Timothy Nay of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home says he is no longer in possession of the body.

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