The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, pictured (right) alongside his brother Dzhokhar, has been laid to rest after a week of uncertainty on where it would be taken. (Source: FBI/CNN)
(RNN) – Police announced Thursday the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been buried outside the city of Worcester, MA.
The Associated Press reported "a courageous and compassionate individual" properly entombed the remains after they were left in a funeral home for a week, according to authorities. After his body was claimed by a family member from the medical examiner's office, several area cemeteries refused to take it.
Police did not say the exact location of the burial site. Their statement came the same day as Congressional hearings began on the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.
Officials said Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers accused of detonating explosives near the finish line of the annual Patriots Day race, was killed during a standoff with police April 19. The officials causes of death were ruled gunshot wounds and blunt trauma – he was reportedly run over by his brother during the getaway attempt.
Tsarnaev, 26, grew up in various parts of the Russian republic before the family settled in Dagestan in 1999. His father, Anzor, took part of the family to seek asylum in the United States in 2002, and then-16-year-old Tsarnaev and the rest of the family followed in 2003.
He attended Bunker Hill Community College from 2006 through 2007 and Massachusetts Bay Community College in 2008.
From the time he was in high school, Tsarnaev mainly befriended other international students. He developed an avid interest in music and boxing.
That athletic pursuit would become both his greatest source of pride and the thing that would cause his life to unravel.
He was a promising fighter, a fierce competitor in New England's Golden Gloves heavyweight division. Friends and trainers described him as talented but cocky, flashy and difficult to coach.
Not many boxers successfully stood in his way, but one thing did: A lack of U.S. citizenship.
A rule change in 2010 prevented Tsarnaev from competing in the Tournament of Champions and ended his dream of competing in the Olympics, despite two consecutive Golden Gloves titles.
He had already withdrawn from school. His withdrawal from boxing was soon followed with him dropping out of productive society.
His widow, formerly Katherine Russell, daughter Zahira and brother Dzhokhar are the best links investigators have to the deceased suspect.
Katherine Tsarnaev converted to Islam and married Tsarnaev in a private ceremony in June 2010. She worked and primarily supported the family while her husband stayed home with their daughter in between working odd jobs.
Media outlets reported multiple governments raised red flags about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in recent years.
The Daily Mail reported Saudi Arabia notified the U.S. government in writing and expressed concern about Tsarnaev in 2012. The Saudi government previously refused him entry into the country in 2011 for what he called a pilgrimage to Mecca, according to the report.
The White House and Department of Homeland Security denied receiving any warning from Saudi officials, but they vowed to launch an investigation to make sure information was properly shared.
"We want to leave no stone unturned," Obama said during a news conference. "Based on what I've seen so far, the FBI performed its duties. Department of Homeland Security did what it was supposed to be doing."
A Russian official told the Associated Press that his government had Tsarnaev under surveillance when he visited Chechnya and Dagestan for six months in 2012.
The Russian government also recorded what it deemed suspicious phone calls between the dead bombing suspect and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva.
Russia's national security agency relayed this information to the FBI, which initiated a probe. The results of the investigation produced no further evidence of suspicious activity, federal authorities said.
Russia shared information on Tsarnaev in separate communication with the CIA, which added him to a database to track international movement.
A devoted little brother
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was also a promising athlete and a bright student who seemed more socially integrated than his older brother.
Former classmates and neighbors expressed shock that he was accused of involvement in a plot to kill and injure hundreds of people.
He was a student at the Dartmouth campus of the University of Massachusetts, and he wrestled in high school.
"Everybody loved him," high school wrestling coach Peter Payack told Boston.com. "He wasn't a loner, the complete opposite. … He seemed like one of the most well-adjusted kids on the team. He seemed like he didn't have any problems. He did his work, came out and became a captain."
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev never displayed a violent temperament or expressed ill will toward the government, according to those who knew him.
Unlike his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev became a U.S. citizen in 2011.
Friend and teammate Ashraful Rahman described him as "very chillaxed and very laid back."
He received a $2,500 scholarship from the city of Cambridge, MA, in 2011, and he spoke Russian and Chechen in addition to English.
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