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County to Bury 1,656 Unclaimed Bodies in Mass Grave

The remains of the mostly homeless or poor individuals will be buried Wednesday morning.

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday observed a moment of silence for 1,656 people who will buried Wedesday in a mass grave in the county cemetery.

"These are individuals that, for one reason or another, have no one but the county to provide them with a respectful and dignified burial," said Supervisor Don Knabe. "Some are homeless. Many are poor. Some have no families to grieve for them. But regardless of what their status in life was, each one of their lives mattered. It matters to us.''

The bodies of those to be buried were never claimed by family or friends. Their final resting place will be at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery in Boyle Heights.

The burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Mary Wathen December 05, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I think that this is a very nice way to bury these people who are unclaimed. I understand it is a very dignified burial. God bless their souls. May they all rest in peace.
Dan Crandell December 06, 2012 at 03:20 AM
My older brother worked for LACCO for nearly forty years. One interesting thing about some people is their greed. Families or friends would pick up a deceased persons personal property but refuse to take the body for burial. The freezers were wall to wall floor to ceiling nearly all the time. Very sad.
Patched in December 06, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Somebody in the LACCO should have implemented a policy whereby, If you claim anything the whole package must go, Personal Property, Personal Effect's, etc
Jacquie December 06, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Sadly, many folks are financially hurting too much to be able to pay a burial or cremation of a beloved relative or friend. I hear the price tag starts at $5000. But then this also: an elderly gentleman I knew lives no longer at his complex in Hollywood and I absolutely cannot trace him. This person was deaf, so we wrote to eachother.. When I found a letter returned to me and same to a common friend, we called but the new manager of the complex knew only that someone had passed away but not who,. Someone said I couldn't ask the L.A. county because I am not family and so they have no right to say ???? I am still looking for him. If you have idead how I can find out. He has no relatives and few friends. They too cannot find him.

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