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Letter: Boston bomber and proper burial

Tamerlan Tsarnaev smiles after accepting the trophy for

Tamerlan Tsarnaev smiles after accepting the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell, Mass. Tsarnaev, 26, was identified by authorities as one of the Boston bombings suspects. Credit: AP, 2010

There has been much discussion about what to do with the remains of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev ["A burial furor in Boston," News, May 6]. Many feel that this individual is entitled to a decent burial, but I disagree.

My brother went to work on Sept. 11, 2001, with the New York City Fire Department. He saw the plane hit the North Tower, where he later lost his life. We believe that his remains were sent to a landfill in New Jersey. We honestly don't know where his final resting place is.

Why should we agonize over what to do with remains of individuals like Osama bin Laden or Tsarnaev? Why should they get a better burial than my brother?

They do not deserve a decent burial; they are cowards who destroy the lives of innocent people. We should send a clear message to these terrorists: We will not honor their deaths, for they had no honor in life.

Brian Smith, Rocky Point