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Boston Marathon fund chief: Lower expectations

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Items are placed by people visiting a makeshift memorial for victims near the site of the Boston Marathon bombings at Boylston and Berkley streets. (April 21, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

BOSTON -- The head of a fund created to help survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, which so far has raised $28 million, is warning victims to lower their expectations about how much the fund can provide.

Kenneth Feinberg hosted a public meeting Tuesday that was attended by victims and family members of victims to go over a draft plan for distributing the donations made to The One Fund. Feinberg said the $28 million isn't nearly enough to fully compensate the families of the three killed and the more than 260 hurt.

He said the plan isn't final, and some in the audience urged him to take more time to ensure greater payments go to those of lesser means.

Prosecutors say Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, carried out the bombings using pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings and metal shards.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured and remains in a prison hospital. He has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and faces a potential death sentence if convicted. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a confrontation with police days after the bombing.

Meanwhile, a Worcester, Mass., funeral director is striking out in his search for a place to bury the older brother.

Peter Stefan said more than 100 people in the United States and Canada have offered burial plots for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But officials in the cities and towns where the graves are located have said no.

"It's not only Massachusetts that doesn't want him," Stefan said. "Nobody wants him."

The Tsarnaevs have relatives who live in southern Russia, but they have made no plans to have the body shipped there for burial.

Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry praised President Vladimir Putin's help in the bombings investigation. "There are enormous challenges today that require" the strongest cooperation between the United States and Russia, Kerry said.

U.S. lawmakers have questioned the FBI's decision to close a 2011 inquiry into Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Russian intelligence agencies had told the FBI in 2011 that Tsarnaev had become radicalized and asked the United States for information about him. The Central Intelligence Agency also was given the information. The Tsarnaev brothers and family are immigrants of Chechen descent and came to the U.S. from the Russian region of Dagestan.

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