- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Arlington National Cemetery responded to outrage Tuesday after a U.S. Air Force veteran said she was willing to give up her burial plot for suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The cemetery posted to its Facebook page: “We have been receiving calls about the interview a veteran did regarding giving up her space at a veteran cemetery to the Boston Bombing suspect so he can be buried. We want to make it clear that this suspect is not eligible to be buried at Arlington — a veteran can’t transfer their eligibility to another person. Please pass this along to those who are concerned!”

Air Force veteran Julie Frein said on Fox45 in Baltimore that she feels the terrorist suspect should be able to be laid to rest.

“I feel sympathy for [his family] in that as long as this issue is open, they can’t have closure,” she said.

When asked how she thought the country would react to the suspect being buried among American heroes, Ms. Frein replied, “Well, the country would just have to get over that, wouldn’t they? Because nobody, nobody deserves to rot above ground.”

Ms. Frein served in the Air Force for two years. Her husband served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, Fox45 reports.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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