Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in an exchange of fire with the police in a neighbourhood here, three days after he and his younger brother Dzhokhar, 19, allegedly carried out the Boston Marathon bombings, killing three people and injuring more than 250. Tamerlan's body was claimed by a Boston funeral home on Thursday.
On Friday, the funeral home, which received a copy of the death certificate from authorities, told US media that it said that Tamerlan died of "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities" and "blunt trauma to head and torso". It lists the timing of his death as 1.35 am (local time) on April 19. The death certificate also states that Tamerlan was shot by police, and run over and dragged by a vehicle, the Boston Globe reported.
His younger brother Dzhokhar was arrested by the police April 19 from a Boston neighbourhood and was immediately taken to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. He has been charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction transferred to a federal prison.
Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, turning a celebration into destruction. The first bomb went off as the runners were just crossing the finish line. According to CNN, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said that the death toll had risen to three. Scores were injured at the scene. The destruction killed three people and more than 260 people were critically injured.
Several patients are being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital and suffered injuries to lower limbs that requires serial operations, said trauma surgeon Peter Fagenholz. Many others had to even get their limbs amputated due to grave injuries.
Tamerlan's body was claimed by his uncle Ruslan Tsarni and his final rites are yet to be completed. The family plans an independent autopsy before burying the body, his family spokeswoman Heda Saratova, said. Meanwhile, local media reported that several people have been protesting against the funeral home for keeping the body of an alleged terrorist.
However, Peter Stefan, owner of Graham Putnam, the funeral home, defended his decision. "I'm not honouring a terrorist. I'm just burying a body," he said.