The youngest of those killed in the blasts, 8-year-old Martin Richard, was buried Tuesday morning in a private ceremony, his parents said.
“A private Funeral Mass was celebrated this morning with immediate family,” Denise and Bill Richard said in a statement. “We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace. We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin’s life.” The couple expressed thanks for a “tremendous” outpouring of love and support over the past week.
On Capitol Hill, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee grilled FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce for more than two hours Tuesday on details of the ongoing investigation.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the committee, said federal investigators face “a long, arduous task” in reconstructing the events that led to the bombing. But she said she has “complete confidence that this will be completely solved.”
The panel’s top Republican, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), said the surviving suspect has provided “minimal information” to investigators, and he suggested that miscommunications may have reemerged at agencies responsible for counterterrorism following reforms in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“I think there’s been some stovepipes reconstructed that were probably unintentional,” Chambliss told reporters. “But we’ve got to review that again and make sure that there is the free flow of information.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) also said she was “very concerned that there still seem to be serious problems with sharing information, including critical investigative information.” She said it was “troubling to me that this many years after the attacks on our country in 2001 that we still seem to have stovepipes that prevent information from being shared effectively, not only among agencies but also within the same agency in one case.”
The criminal complaint against Tsarnaev, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, ended a debate over how the case should be handled. Some congressional Republicans had insisted that Tsarnaev be designated an “enemy combatant,’’ which would enable the government to charge him under the laws of war in a military commission or to hold him indefinitely.
White House press secretary Jay Carney rejected that approach Monday, saying that the suspect cannot be tried in a military commission under federal law because he is a U.S. citizen. “We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,’’ Carney said at a White House news briefing.