The death of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a surprise to the media.
According to his death certificate, the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso and extremities and blunt trauma to the head and torso.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev Cause Of Death
On April 19, 2013, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot by the police and then run over and dragged by a motor vehicle driven by his brother, Dzhokhar, in a shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Tsarnaev was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. that day. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured later that day and has been charged with the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15.
The controversy over where Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body should be buried continued even after his death.
Protesters gathered outside the Worcester funeral home where the body was brought on Friday.
The funeral home director, Peter Stefan, said he contacted four cemeteries in three states, and all have declined to bury the body.
If he is unable to find someone to bury the body, he is going to turn the body back over to the federal government.
Stefan said he is only going to hold the body for so long.
Meanwhile, a second autopsy has been asked for by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team.
The details of the autopsy have not been released to the public. The defense team has been pushing for more evidence that may suggest Dzhokhar was not involved in the bombings.