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Meanwhile, another brother, Abdelghani, told a religious representative that the family wants Mohamed Merah’s body to be buried in Algeria.

The funeral home was to make the request Tuesday with the Algerian consulate, and the body would be transferred Thursday if the authorization is granted, Abdallah Zekri, a representative of the Paris Mosque in charge of Toulouse.

Abdelghani Merah initially wanted the body buried in France, but insisted he would not attend any funeral of his younger brother, “who he considers a monster,” according to Zekri.

Ultimately the brother gave in to his mother’s wishes, Zekri said.

Associated Press writer Sylvie Corbet in Paris contributed to this story.