Families of Boston bombing victims may each get $1m

The lawyer overseeing the Boston Marathon bombings victims’ fund says the families of three people who died could each receive well over $1m (€760,000).

Kenneth Feinberg says he plans to unveil a tentative compensation proposal on Monday in advance of meetings with victims.

Feinberg, who oversaw the 9/11 compensation fund, told The Boston Globe that victims who lost more than one limb in the Apr 15 attack would receive a similar amount, while those who lost a single limb would probably receive close to $1m each.

People who suffered other physical injuries would receive smaller amounts based on the extent of their injuries and the length of their hospital stay.

Meanwhile, a mortuary familiar with Muslim services will handle funeral arrangements for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a gun battle with police after an intense manhunt, a funeral director said.

Peter Stefan, owner of Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlours in Worcester confirmed his facility will handle Tsarnaev’s arrangements but he could not confirm whether he has possession of the body.

Stefan said everybody deserves a dignified burial service no matter the circumstances of their death and he is prepared for protests. He added that arrangements have yet to be worked out.

Several protesters showed up outside a North Attleborough funeral home on Thursday night where Tsarnaev’s body was taken following its release by the state medical examiner.

Tsarnaev’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni said the family would take the body.

The bombing, using pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings, and metal shards near the marathon’s finish line, killed three people and injured more than 260. Authorities said Tsarnaev and his younger brother later killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer and carjacked a driver, who later escaped.

The two brothers had originally planned to set off their bombs on Jul 4, a law enforcement official said.

The official said the suspects advanced the date of their attack because they completed building bombs more quickly then they originally anticipated.

The official declined to be identified and did not offer more details.

An attack on Boston’s packed Jul 4 celebrations would have carried the extra symbolism of disrupting the city’s Independence Day celebrations.

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