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Feb 14, 2017

Woman Buried Twice in Grave Mix-Up

There was a mix-up at the Lord Ridge Cemetery over the weekend and the body of Louise Foreman had to be buried twice—first on Saturday and then on Sunday. The family of Foreman came to News Five’s studios to report that Louise was to be buried in the grave of her predeceased son, Victor Foreman. But somehow she was buried in another grave and had to be removed, taken to the morgue and then buries again. The hiccup has adversely affected the grieving family as Patricia Mejia explains.


Patricia Mejia

Patricia Mejia, Daughter of Deceased

“Everything was going well until we realized that my mom was not buried in the right area. My sister is the one who found the burial site of my brother, because she was to be buried with my brother. And when we caught that, we immediately asked the caretakers to remove the body. From there it just went really crazy and we had to wait for somebody higher to come and fix the problem. However, that did not happen and the family members did remove the body…with help of course, but we were the ones who initiated removing the body and the funeral home took the body back to the morgue and we were finally put my mother to rest the following day. I just have to say that my mom was a very private person and this is something that we are very upset about. We try not to make a deal out of it, but unfortunately we found an article in the Amandala and it wasn’t quite accurate. And I just want to make sure that everyone knows that it was not our mistake; it was the mistake of the people taking care of the burial that day.”


On the Phone: Wayne Usher, Cemetery Administrator

“When the management at the cemetery was asked to identify the grave space that was requested by the family of Foreman, we did so. We sent out our cemetery people to properly identify the grave. You must also record that this matter was handled by a private contractor, one of these private funeral home—Coye’s Funeral home to be specific. When things like that happen, it is Mister Coye’s workers who does all the work; that is a private arrangement. They are the ones who build tombs, uncover the tombs, etc.  Of course we do supervision, but it is their workers who do the actual work. Okay they were paid privately by the Foreman family to do that. So we identified the area to one of their workers, one Mister Lino. When Mister Lino went back out there to prepare the tomb for the burial, he Mister Lino did the wrong tomb.”

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