Cause of Death Issued for Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Tamerlan Tsarnaev

The death of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been ruled a homicide, according to a WCVB-TV report.

According to the report, Tsarnaev’s death was caused by gunshot wounds from police bullets and being run over by a car. Tsarnaev, 26, was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston at 1:35 a.m. on Friday, April 19.

Specifically, Tsarnaev sustained gunshot wounds to his torso and “extreme” blunt trauma to his head and torso, according to WCVB.

Police have said Tsarnaev was run over by his brother, Dzhokar, during a shootout with police in Watertown. Dzhokar, 19 escaped the gun battle but was later captured hiding in a boat at a Watertown home

The Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Home in Worcester, which plans to handle Tamerlan’s funeral arrangements, said the body will undergo a second autopsy, according to the Boston Herald.

The Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office released the body to Tamerlan’s relatives on Thursday, May 2. Tamerlan’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, is in Worcester to help with the funeral arrangements, according to the Globe

The family does not plan to bury the body until an independent coroner issues a cause of death, according to the Globe.

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