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Virginia State Police unaware of Tsarnaev burial

DOSWELL, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia State Police say they were unaware the remains of Tamerlan Tsarnaev were buried in Doswell.

"I am not aware of where the burial took place and we are not providing any security," said Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar.

Caroline officials also said they were caught off-guard by media reports of the burial.

Tsarnaev's remains were buried at the Al-Barzakh Cemetery, reports Boston.com. The small Muslim cemetery is located off Route 725 in Doswell and claims to be the first Muslim cemetery in Central Virginia on its website.

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His remains arrived at Peter Stefan's funeral home last Friday, where protestors and the media soon descended. Officials in at least three other states refused to accept the remains.

The Watertown Chief of Police sent out an appeal for help finding a final resting place for the remains. A "compassionate individual" came forward Thursday, in the form of a Richmond woman.

Martha Mullen started working with local faith leaders in and around Richmond on Tuesday to find a permanent resting place for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a police shooting on April 19. Mullen worked with representatives of the United Methodist church she belongs to, as well as to representatives from local Muslim, Jewish and Hindu communities.

"Jesus tells us 'love your enemies'," said Martha Mullen in a press release. "Not to hate them even after they are dead."

Tsarnaev was killed April 19 in a shootout with police in Watertown, four days after the Boston Marathon bombings.

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