Local Company Offering To Pay To Ship Boston Bombing Suspect's Body To Russia

By Emma Koch
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May 8, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The President and CEO of a local company has offered to fly the body of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects back to Russia.

Frank Kaiser is the President and CEO of Eagle's Wings Air here in Fort Wayne, a company that specializes in transporting human remains. He hopes his offer will bring healing to greater Boston residents and resolve the issue of finding a place for bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body on U.S. soil.

"We empathize with the residents of Cambridge and surrounding communities and their objections to having Tsarnaev's final resting place located near them," said Kaiser. "We are offering to facilitate the air transportation of the deceased's remains out of the United States on an international commercial flight at no charge to the funeral home, the city of Cambridge or any taxpayers."

Kaiser says when a Massachusetts funeral home director had trouble finding a cemetery that would accept Tsarnaev’s body, he offered to fly the body for free.

Reports say Massachusetts Funeral Director Peter Stefan has received 120 offers of gravesites from the U.S. and Canada, but the Boston Mayor and other officials say they don't want Tsarnaev’s body buried in Boston, although reports say the Boston Police Chief has objected Tsarnaev’s body leave the country.

Kaiser says shipping a body to Russia would cost a little over $5,000, but it's not about the cost it's about the people of Boston and America.
"As we watch these events unfold, we felt that we needed to step forward and at least offer our services as a potential solution. We have a choice, we can sit here and do nothing and watch the media and see what happens, or considering our expertise in this area, choose to go forward,” said Kaiser.
Kaiser says Stefan has gotten a lot of flak on this issue, so he's doing this for him, not for Tsarnaev’s family.

Kaiser says his offer has not been formally accepted yet, and he hasn’t heard from Stefan or anyone else. But whether officials want Tsarnaev’s body flown back to Russia or elsewhere, Kaiser says his offer stands.




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