Drowned Syrian Refugees Laid to Rest in Hometown

PHOTO:Abdullah Kurdi mourns during funeral of his family, Sept. 4, 2015, in the Syrian border town of Kobani.PlayTerli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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The heartbroken Syrian father whose wife and two young sons drowned off a Turkish beach as they fled toward Europe on their way to Canada laid his relatives to rest today.

Abdullah Kurdi returned to his hometown of Kobani for the burials and now has no plans to leave.

The Kurdi family's plight gained international attention after a haunting photo was shared showing Abdullah's 3-year-old son Aylan lying face down in the sand and being carried off by a police officer.

The bodies of Aylan, his brother 5-year-old Galip and their mother Rehan were flown to a city near Turkey's border before being transported by police-protected vehicles to Kobani, the Associated Press reported.

PHOTO: Abdullah Kurdi, father of Syrian children Aylan and Galip and husband of Rehan Kurdi, 27, cries on his way to the Syrian border town of Kobani to hold funeral of his family, Sept. 4, 2015. Isa Terli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Abdullah Kurdi, father of Syrian children Aylan and Galip and husband of Rehan Kurdi, 27, cries on his way to the Syrian border town of Kobani to hold funeral of his family, Sept. 4, 2015.
PHOTO: Abdullah Kurdi, father of Syrian children Aylan, Galip, and husband of Rehan, speaks during the funeral of his family in the Syrian border town of Kobani, Sept. 4, 2015. Isa Terli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Abdullah Kurdi, father of Syrian children Aylan, Galip, and husband of Rehan, speaks during the funeral of his family in the Syrian border town of Kobani, Sept. 4, 2015.

Dozens of friends, relatives and members of the media attended the burial ceremony.

Abdullah Kurdi was pictured holding the wrapped bodies of his sons.

At a later moment, he addressed the crowd, telling the story of the fatal journey.

PHOTO:Abdullah Kurdi, father of Syrian children Aylan, Galip, and husband of Rehan Kurdi, 27, speaks during the funeral of his family in the Syrian border town of Kobani, Sept. 4, 2015. Isa Terli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
PHOTO:Abdullah Kurdi, father of Syrian children Aylan, Galip, and husband of Rehan Kurdi, 27, speaks during the funeral of his family in the Syrian border town of Kobani, Sept. 4, 2015.
PHOTO:Relatives hold funeral of Syrian children Aylan, Galip, and mother, Rehan Kurdi, in the Syrian border town of Kobani, Sept. 4, 2015. Isa Terli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
PHOTO:Relatives hold funeral of Syrian children Aylan, Galip, and mother, Rehan Kurdi, in the Syrian border town of Kobani, Sept. 4, 2015.

"He only wanted to go to Europe for the sake of his children," his uncle Suleiman Kurdi said, according to The Associated Press.

"Now that they're dead, he wants to stay here in Kobani next to them," Suleiman Kurdi said.

PHOTO: Relatives mourn during funeral of Aylan his brother Galip and their mother Zahin Kurdi, 27, who drowned after their boat sank en route to the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, in the Syrian border town of Kobani, Sept. 4, 2015. Isa Terli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Relatives mourn during funeral of Aylan his brother Galip and their mother Zahin Kurdi, 27, who drowned after their boat sank en route to the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, in the Syrian border town of Kobani, Sept. 4, 2015.
PHOTO:Relatives mourn during funeral of Syrian children Aylan, Galip, and their mother Rehan Kurdi, Sept. 4, 2015, in the Syrian border town of Kobani. Isa Terli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
PHOTO:Relatives mourn during funeral of Syrian children Aylan, Galip, and their mother Rehan Kurdi, Sept. 4, 2015, in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

The decision to stay in Kobani is in keeping with what Abdullah Kurdi said earlier, when he was interviewed while still in Turkey.

"Now all I want to do is sit next to the grave of my wife and children," Abdullah Kurdi said, according to the AP.