On the morning of April 24th, the scene of horror and death officially came back to life when Boylston Street reopened to the public for commerce and mourning.
Outside of the heavily damaged Marathon Place, site of the first explosion, people silently paid their respects or piled flowers on the scrubbed sidewalk that was the scene of so much blood and suffering.
Near the still visible Boston Marathon finish line, businesses were replacing windows that were blown out while others remained boarded up with “Boston Strong” banners covering the plywood.
Just over a block away Copley Square became the larger shrine of remembrance for those who died or were injured in the bombing attack.
Thousands of tributes in the forms of bouquets, running shoes, sports memorabilia and religious imagery were left to honor the victims in addition to large “condolence cards” where visitors could pen their thoughts about the carnage.
The site was being maintained by two retirees who have taken it upon themselves to act as custodians while on another corner of the square a handful of elderly ladies sat on the ground and invited the grieving and the curious to pet their “therapy dogs” as a way of coping with it all.
Outside of those two areas, the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston returned after its denizens emerged from an unprecedented lockdown.
People frolicked in Boston Common enjoying the unseasonably warm spring weather and the stands were packed at historic Fenway Park as the home team hosted the newest member of the junior/American League.
While people speculate about the post-mortal destination of the soul of the elder Tsarnaev, his body is in a state of purgatory, temporarily held at Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, forty-five miles removed from the formerly blood stained Boylston Street sidewalk.
The director of the funeral home citing his duty as a professional undertaker has accepted the charge of handling the body of a terrorist and grudgingly the protestors following it.
Decent people do not desecrate the corpses of even the most loathsome individuals if not out of respect for them but for ourselves.
We’re better than the savages who dragged the body of Staff Sergeant William Cleveland through the streets of Mogadishu. Another reason Tamerlan Tsarnaev may not have felt at “home” in the United States.
That said, Tamerlan Tsarnaev does not merit burial in the soil of a country that took him and his family in and provided them with the opportunities that hundreds of thousands of people from around the world work, pray and in some cases risk their lives to attain.
While it’s not uncommon for the dead of foreign armies to be buried in the land they once invaded and were driven out, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was no soldier; he was a terrorist, a butcher and an ingrate.
There is nothing valorous about killing an eight year old with an improvised explosive or maiming dozens of civilians. Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s legacy in America is of lost lives and limbs. His shadow has darkened this country long enough and his remains should not defile our land.
Thus far that sentiment has been universally shared as no cemetery wants to accept the body for burial.
Even burial in a weed-overrun potter’s field would be too much of a courtesy as any graveyard he occupies will inevitably be trampled and vandalized.
Tamerlan has been enough of a burden on taxpayers in life; there’s no need to continue carrying him in death through additional cemetery maintenance.
Besides, anonymous paupers do not deserve to have such ignoble company.
Tamerlan’s remains should not rest one day further in this country than necessary. If his grave is to become a shrine for aspiring Islamist terrorists, better somewhere other than here.
One Worcester resident is leading a drive to ship the bomber’s body to Russia.
Hopefully the necessary funds will be assembled to facilitate Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s exile and Moscow will sign off on its disposal to a distant corner of the country where his younger brother Dzhokhar will one day join him, maybe soon in the event the death penalty is pursued.
The Tsarnaev brothers repaid America’s munificence with contempt, treason and murder.
There’s no place in this country for Tamerlan Tsarnaev , dead or alive.