United Methodist woman helps arrange burial of Boston Marathon suspect

A United Methodist woman in Richmond, Va., said she was acting out of Christian compassion in helping to arrange the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

“Jesus tells us to love our enemies, not hate them after they’re dead,” said Martha Mullen, in a phone interview. “That’s why I kind of got this ball rolling.”

Ms. Mullen, a 48-year-old counselor in private practice who studied at a United Methodist seminary, was distressed at news accounts about the difficulty of finding a burial place for Tsarnaev, who died in an April 19 shootout with police.

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One comment on “United Methodist woman helps arrange burial of Boston Marathon suspect

  1. upnorfjoel says:

    “I take that very seriously – that I am to be involved in life….”
    So what does that have to do with burying the dead?
    Why wouldn’t this body simply be stored in some city morgue until claimed by some family member? There are thousands of bodies currently in that very state in big city morgues all across the country.