Worcester police say providing security at funeral home where Marathon bomber lay cost more than $47,000; seek reimbursement

Worcester police say they spent more than $47,000 in overtime to provide security at the funeral home where Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev lay in limbo for nearly a week before a burial place was found in Virginia.

The police said they were looking for help in paying for the overtime at the Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors, which added up to $47,171.48.

“The department will examine all opportunities for reimbursement from the state and federal government. We do not believe that these costs are a local responsibility,’’ police said in a statement posted on their website.

The 24-hour detail began at midday on Friday, May 3, and concluded Thursday evening, police said. Protesters and a large contingent of media had gathered outside the funeral home.


Tsarnaev, 26, was buried Thursday in a tiny cemetery in Doswell, Va. The funeral home director and family had been rebuffed by other cemeteries due to Tsarnaev’s alleged role in the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three, injured more than 260, and shocked and outraged the nation.

Tsarnaev died a few days after the April 15 terror attack after a confrontation with police. His brother, Dzhokhar, 19, is facing federal charges that could bring him the death penalty. The brothers also allegedly murdered MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

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