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Cemetery deadlocked over SpongeBob memorial

Associated Press

CINCINNATI: The family of a slain Iraq war veteran wants her towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone returned to her final resting place and the cemetery officials that removed it say that’s the only thing they won’t do, leaving both sides at an apparent impasse that may have to be decided in court.

Deborah Walker told the Associated Press after Tuesday’s meeting with Spring Grove Cemetery officials that she’d consider their proposals if they would think about hers — simply putting her daughter Kimberly’s gravestone back.

But cemetery President Gary Freytag told the Associated Press that isn’t an option.

The headstone fashioned in the cartoon character’s likeness was erected at Spring Grove Cemetery on Oct. 10, almost eight months after Kimberly Walker, 28, was found slain in a Colorado hotel room.

Kimberly Walker was an Army corporal and served two yearlong tours Iraq.


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