The cause of death for the older Boston bombing suspect has been released. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot by police, run over by a motor vehicle and dragged by that motor vehicle. He was Dead on Arrival at 1:35 a.m. ET on April 19, according to the official death certificate. He apparently had blunt-force trauma to the head and torso.

The Tsarnaev family is requesting an independent autopsy from the funeral home. The Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Home in Worcester, Massachusetts is facing protests as it tries to find a gravesite for the body.

One woman expressed her frustration, saying, “He just bombed us and we’re taking care of him? It’s not fair.”

Another resident said, “They should’ve asked the people around the community if we wanted to have that happen over here. We would’ve said no!”

Peter Stefan, the funeral director, maintained that everyone deserves a dignified burial. “We’re not burying a person; we’re burying a dead body. There’s a difference.”

Sources close to the Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, say she is assisting investigators. This comes amid new evidence that she spoke to Tamerlan on the phone in the days after the bombing. She also reportedly emailed him a photo that possibly contained the FBI’s wanted poster with his face on it.


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PHOTO: 2007 Mug Shot of Katherine Russell, Wife of Boston Bombing Suspect