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Boston mayor says city will not accept suspect’s body

Katharine Lusk (right), an adviser to Mayor Menino, and Kristen Swett, an assistant archivist, worked on signs and mementos in Copley Square.
Katharine Lusk (right), an adviser to Mayor Menino, and Kristen Swett, an assistant archivist, worked on signs and mementos in Copley Square.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston said Tuesday he will not allow the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be buried in the city, while authorities in Worcester where the body is being held expressed confidence that a solution will be found soon.

Menino recommended that Tsarnaev’s body be returned to Russia, in accordance with his mother’s wishes, so that the city and the bombing victims can focus on physical and emotional recovery.

In Worcester, where protesters gathered for a fifth day outside the funeral home where the body awaits burial, Police Chief Gary Gemme met with Tsarnaev’s uncle and funeral director Peter Stefan in an effort to end the lingering controversy.

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