Uncle: Family to claim Boston bomb suspect’s body

Uncle: Family to claim Boston bomb suspect's body (Image 1)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Relatives of the dead suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing say they will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it.

An uncle of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) in Maryland says the family will take possession of Tsarnaev's body. It has been at the medical examiner's office in Massachusetts since he died after a gunfight with authorities more than a week ago.

Amato DeLuca, a Rhode Island attorney for Tsarnaev's widow, Katherine Russell, said Tuesday that his client had just learned the medical examiner was ready to release the body. He says she wants it released to Tsarnaev's side of the family.

Officials say the cause of death has been determined but will not be made public until the remains are claimed.

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