For days and days Tamerlan Tsarnaev's corpse sat in the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Home in Worcester, Massachusetts, not so far away from where police killed the Boston bombing suspect on April 19. Authorities were mostly done examining Tsarnaev's body, of course, but as of last Saturday, four cemeteries in three states had rejected requests to bury him. And so he sat.
Hearing reports of people who had showed up to Graham Putnam & Mahoney to protest Tsarnaev's burial—"Feed him to the sharks!" read one sign—a Richmond, Virginia, woman named Martha Mullen, a licensed professional counselor, decided she was going to be the one to assist the dead man's family with putting him to rest.
"Jesus says [to] love our enemies," Mullen, who is a graduate of Ohio's United Theological Seminary, told the Boston Globe today. "So I was sitting in Starbucks and thought, maybe I’m the one person who needs to do something." Read about what happened next here.