Mass Burial Held For Over 1,600 LA County Residents

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The remains of hundreds of Los Angeles County residents whose bodies were never claimed by family or friends were buried in a mass burial Wednesday.

“This holiday season many of us are reminded how fortunate we are to be surrounded by our loved ones,” Supervisor Don Knabe said Tuesday, when he and his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors observed a moment of silence for the people being buried. “Sadly, not everyone shares this blessing.”

He said the 1,639 people designated for the mass interment at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery “are individuals that, for one reason or another, have no one but the county to provide them with a respectful and dignified burial.”

“700 [were] basically just neglected, unclaimed individuals, which is so sad, they just had no one,” said Knabe. “The remainder were either homeless, indigent, with no immediate family members or no contact with family for many, many years and the family just said,’Let the county do it’.”

KNX 1070’s Brian Ping reports the county has been performing these mass interments for over a century.

If a family member is contacted upon a death, Knabe said, they have 30 days to decide whether to claim the body. After that, the remains are cremated and held for three years, after which they are buried if still unclaimed.

“Regardless of what their status in life was, each one of their lives matters,” he said. “It matters to us, their county family.”

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  1. Terrence says:

    I didn’t know that mass graves were legal in this country. R.I.P.

    1. RJ says:

      its not a mass grave as you might be viewing it what they do is creamte the remains and bury them in a MASS SERVICE meaning LOTS OF LITTLE HOLES not one big one for everyone

      1. Terrence says:

        That makes more sense and is much more respectful. Thanks for the info.

      2. DR says:

        Thats not the case. The cremains are put in a single, mass plot. They are emptied by hand from the wooden boxes they have sat in for the two years the county requires them to sit. It is one hole.

      3. walljasper says:

        Oh good, we can continue to use the expression “mass holes” to describe Washington D.C. in the traditional manner.

        (actually – thanks for the explanation – good info and comforting too)

      4. RJ says:

        DR i have been present at one of these burials in the past and i assure you IT IS NOT ONE MASS GRAVE that would not be legal they take each box of remains and place them in SEPARATE little holes marked with the ID number of that person incase a day comes that someone comes forward looking for their loved one and YES that has happen. a few months after the burial i took part in a family from back east who had hired a PI to track their missing son showed up here in LA because the PI had tracked their son here. and they came to the morgue to see if in fact it was their son that the PI had located.
        the morgue pulled up the file based on the discription they gave showed the family the file photo of the young man who had died in a hit and run and he had no ID on him and no fingerprint record and for some reason the police back east had not sent the MISSING PERSON report out this far. it was in deed their son and the county then went and retrieved his remains and gave them to the family

    2. Brit says:

      It’s much better than the landfill our Air force provided for 274 troops.. that had families. So sad…

      1. Kris says:

        While I don’t like that the Air Force sent the cremated remails of our military to a landfill, that is not the whole story. The medical waste, which is what it is when a bomb goes off and you have small pieces left over that can not be indentified, were incinerated and disposed of. Some of those pieces I’m sure belonged to both surviving and deceased men and women from the same explosion. We don’t get upset when a hospital takes left overs from a surgery and disposes of them, this is a similar situation. Now saying that, there is no excuse for the remains to be dumped in a landfill. I was shocked when I read the story and would have expected the ashes to be taken out to sea. The remains could not be returned to the family because they could not be identified, they just knew which people were involved in each incident. So sad.

      2. Justavet says:

        Kris, a landfill is not the proper venue for the disposal of body parts. I suggest you read the article which states that these were the partial remains of 274 troops, not surgically removed biological waste. Accordingly, they should have been interned with the deceased or scattered at sea (which is the current practice). Dumping the ashes in a landfill was showing a lack of respect. But, than again, it sounds like you have little idea what respect for the military, and especially those that gave their lives means.

    3. CHAR SMITH says:

      EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE AWARE OF THE UP COMING EVENTS. GO TO F.E.M.A COFFINS. D.U.M.B.S ARDEN SEA GOOGLE THE YEAR, 2012 12 21 MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA. GOD SPEED TO ALL. I WORKED FOR THE MILITARY AT ONE TIME.

  2. Cynthia says:

    I’m sure he came up with it himself. He was my neighbor when I was a child and he is a kind man and a great father.

  3. David Dearth says:

    I was sent here by Drudge Report who said that 1,600 were buried in A MASS GRAVE. Singular. Indefinite singular article A with a singular noun GRAVE. As in 1,600 people in one grave. Drudge needs to learn the grammar rules of the English language. It turns out 1,000 people were buried in a mass BURIAL. False and inflammatory reporting.

    1. hossmandu says:

      No, the remains of over 1600 people were buried in a mass grave. Emptied into a single (Grave) large hole. NOT false and inflammatory.

    2. J Land says:

      Did you read the article?

      “…He said the 1,639 people designated for the mass interment at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery…”

      How is that 1000? as for the grave… they do all end up in one grave…

      1. hossmandu says:

        It’s okay J Land, David was likely just responding to a MediaMatters email that went out. They are currently working on a way to either blame this on Bush or blame it on everyone not having free healthcare.

    3. Hollywood HIck says:

      Fail.

    4. Il Bui says:

      The Drudge HL was correct. ONE grave for all the remains. HOWEVER, you being a lib (I.Q. <50) means that you are incapable of reading.

    5. Neednewpresident says:

      You should stay with MSNBC then genius for really ” professional ” reporting , and the occasional tingle up your leg.

  4. TJG says:

    I heard that 1649 people also registered for the Democrat party on Wednesday as well…surely just a coincidence.

    1. hossmandu says:

      haha! Not like it’s needed out here in SoCal, or SocialistCal

    2. omstrat says:

      It would be funny if it wasn’t all that possible . They do it here in New Jersey ALL the time.

    3. Ruth says:

      really funny..lol I see dead voters

    4. Jacqueline West says:

      Good one.

    5. Roger says:

      Outstanding, cannot breath, laughing too hard… gotta catch my breath or be buried with all these poor souls. RIP

  5. Chuck McCann says:

    What’s sad to me is their last moment alive, alone, looking back, probably searching back for some place in time looking for a memory of when someone loved them, or wondering if anyone every loved them, and then maybe thinking what what what was this?? What life was this?

    1. Sean C says:

      I’m guessing more likely the last thought was:

      “Where’d that truck come from . . .”
      “I didn’t think he had a gun. . .”
      “That wasn’t heroine. . .”
      “Where’s my bottle. . .”

      1. 4ur411 says:

        Sounds more like it…lol

  6. hossmandu says:

    A sad, sad tale of what the welfare state cultivates. Life has no value. $16 trillion into the war on poverty, yet the same policies that defend that fallacy cause what I call the “Soccer generation”. Don’t keep score, everyone wins, everybody gets a trophy. I’m sure that these people touched someone during their lives, but there is such a culture of apathy with regard to family and friends there is little hope for our union (I’m talking about the USA for the kiddies).

  7. jp martin says:

    Everyone counts, this is a gracious move by the city/state

    1. Andy Hangley says:

      Keeping these bodies cost money. The city/state is just trying to save money. If they were truly gracious they would not have let them pile up like this in the first place.

      1. fed_up says:

        Probably they got tired of waiting for the families to step up and pay the freight. The families ain’t gonna do that; do you know how many 40-ouncers and rocks you can buy with what it costs to fund a funeral?

    2. AL in LA says:

      Not City, not State….this was the COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, represented by its five Elected County Supervisors who represent close to 11 million residents.

  8. Shutthedoor says:

    Official: USA is a third world country!

    1. freecheese says:

      Did they forget the Third World style candel ilgit vigil ?

  9. rightwingwackjob says:

    Finally, we have found a legitimate service that government can perform effectively…..there must have been less than two cars in the funeral procession.

  10. flynny says:

    Sad what our Country has become. Our Country has lost it’s soul. The poor could ask the county to cremate your loved one and hand them over. I’m sure if your poor, it’s a small fee. I would have then taken the cremains to a private place, the beach, a river, a lake, a state park our your Parents/loved one’s favorite spot they liked to visit and just scatter the ashes. The thing is though, you just do not ask anyone for approval, you just go and do it.

    Because it’s the right thing to do. Creamins are just small fragments and dust, that wont hurt a thing.

    1. yankeefan says:

      I have handled the cremated remains of family members, I would guess each weighed about 3-4 pounds X 1639 we’re talking about more than a couple of tons of ashes.

      1. Dino says:

        What’s the big deal? I can dispose of 5 lbs of ashes easier and cheaper than 150-250 lbs of flesh and bone. The impact of disposing the ashes is minimal. You can discard ashes almost anywhere…even in your flower garden…without any environmental impact.

      2. Andy says:

        And your point is??????

    2. Cheif Board Monitor says:

      The people interred do not care and I’m certain their ashes do not care either. What you are describing is a ceremony for the liviing loved ones left behind after someone dies. The ceremony is to honor their memory and contributions to other’s lives. These people obviously didn’t instill those feelings in anyone.

      I think the county is very generous in disposing of the bodies at your cost, even more so warehousing them for years. Death, as you fail to see, is a natural end to life; nothing more. I think you are placing romantic and sentimental feelings on their unfortunate end so that you can get a feeling of self worth and importance. I’m sure not all of these were your beloved honorable poor, but felons and sociopaths who brought no joy to anyone. Your feelings of romanticism are understood, but if those feelings are so important, your time would be better spent building those relationships while you are living so that they are truly meaningful and enjoyed.

  11. Sean B says:

    Six hours he’s riding the subway before anybody notices his corpse doing laps around L.A., people on and off sitting next to him. Nobody notices.

  12. Commen Sense says:

    Can you say illegal immigration?

    Secure the border and citizens will know where their kin are. Simple.

  13. The Calling says:

    Turn away from all the suffering That surrounds Our time on this earth
    For some their life has been a curse.

  14. Erich says:

    Government practicing for the impending FEMA concentration camps and subsequent interrment of “non-compliant” citizens, perhaps?

  15. Steve-oh says:

    This has been a long standing policy by counties all over the country since the colonies signed the Articles of Confederation. They go by various names such as “beggars graves” to “vagrant graves” and even “hobo gardens.” The end of year is when morgues literally clean out the place of unclaimed bodies that died where they are not needed as evidence. Considering local state law, some become cadavers for medical schools. There have been various internment methods including burial at sea. Many of these people were runaways, on the lam, hobo and general nee-do-wells. I don’t have any grief for them, they chose the life they had and most knew Mother Nature would take care of them when they didn’t help themselves.

    1. thecleansingisnigh says:

      Hey STEVE-OH!
      Just 10 years ago I was making 6 figures for over 30 yrs and owned my own business here in THE LAND OF THE “Once Upon a Time….” American Dream! My mother got cancer and I lost everything RADIATING HER BEFORE I KNEW THAT CANCER can be cured with natural devices LIKE HEMP oil ! Which OUR beloved corrupt for centuries GOV (look that up!) has demonized because they want to PUSH COKE & HEROIN via the CIA, (proven, caught countless times shipping it to YOUR KIDS!) and VIA these wars ALL the way back to Vietnam, NOW AFGHANISTAN, etc (before we bombed them heroin sales to the USA from Afghanistan was NIL! NOW ITS 90% to our US streets FROM THE US ARMY & Marine GUARDED USA/ Afgan POPPY FIELDS!) ….and with this prohibition MAKE A MIRACLE MEDICINAL PLANT ILLEGAL!
      Now I flip burgers….with A MASTERS DEGREE! AND volunteer at homeless shelters, take homeless families into my now rented home until they can get on their feet….ALSO PITCHED TO THE ROAD STRAY CATS & DOGS UNTIL we find them a FOREVER home….AND DO NOT & WILL NOT EVER have again the worthless UNCONSTITUTIONAL FEDERAL RESERVE GREEN PAPER to BUY myself a plot or a funeral….AND I KNOW 100′s IN THIS SAME BOAT! BECAUSE OF THE BLATANT, incremental, PLANNED, GLOBAL IMF DEBT BASED “CENTRAL” BANK destruction of America now….HAVE YA NOTICED? YOU WILL!
      HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO these people are? Walk one foot in OUR SHOES!
      Hey….Heres a HISTORY LESSON FOR YA…..and a prediction to the NOW & the very near future FOR ALL America & THE PLANET!
      LOOK AROUND WILL YA?….
      GUESS WHO?
      “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

      1. yankeefan says:

        Methinks you have been ingesting too much of that “hemp oil” smoke

      2. Dino says:

        I agree with Yankeefan, you should probably have the munchies about now….just don’t eat any more brownies and you’ll be fine by evening!

      3. Steve-oh says:

        Are you on the road to a forgotten grave too?

  16. Steve from Ohio says:

    Gee, that’s a better burial than some of our soldiers killed in battle, cremated and then thrown in a city landfill dump with garbage.

    1. SickOfBigGovernment says:

      Yes… the idiot that made the decision to dispose of the soldier’s cremains in the landfill should be fired… I was outraged when I read that story…. They should have put all of the soldiers cremains together and placed them at Arlington National cemetery or something similiar.. or put them out to sea like they are ‘supposedly’ doing now.

  17. fred says:

    Crackheads, drug addicts, deviants, and other b hussein supporters do not believe in family nor do they have any respect for life!

    1. David says:

      Fred, your comment suggests you may be a psychopath.

      1. audaxrex says:

        ….thank Heaven he’s not a liberal. The right can keep him.

  18. mm says:

    It’s nice to see California authorities finally doing something on the side of morals and decency. Hopefully they can keep it up, but then again, this is California – A once beautiful state now taken over by socialism.

    1. audaxrex says:

      …socialism? isn’t it the state where the voters did away with funding schools from tax dollars? That’s not socialism. That’s shortsighted selfish idiocy.

  19. Garr Obo says:

    So what do you expect? A ten thousand dollat funeral for each one of them? Get a life.

  20. Dan c says:

    Homeless people with no one and derelicts. Some, as unfeeling as it may sound, people do not want to spend the money.
    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, how long does it take for a body in a “socially sanctioned” burial to return to the dust whence it came. Cremate everyone and spread the ashes to the winds and be done with it.

    1. Wolf's Lair says:

      Cremation only ensures your body will never reunite with the spirit. Cremation is WRONG!

      1. Mark says:

        I think God himself can figure out where the molecules that made up your body are located, and create the glorified body to reunite your soul with. He is God you know!

  21. RobbieK says:

    Yes, you too can become a mortician and rip off the public! Hey Garr Obo, $10,000 for each one of them would be another rip off mortician scheme, but morticians should have been told to do it for free! Cheap schlocky you are.

  22. thecleansinisnigh says:

    uhhhhh, SINCE WHEN IS A “MASS BURIAL” RESPECTFUL AND DIGNIFIED IN AMERICA?
    SOUNDS MORE LIKE BOLSHEVISM TO THE AWARE!
    SO, I GUESS NOW A POTTERS GRAVE IS TOO MUCH TO ASK FROM “THE STATE” HERE IN Amerika?
    WHILE OUR CITY OFFICIALS, EXECUTIVE, CONGRESSIONAL, AND JUDICIAL BRANCH ….AND THE US IMPERIALIST MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX ROBS AMERICANS BLIND! THE DEAD ARE PILED IN A HEAP?
    AND IF THEY CREMATE ME…. BE SURE .I AND MANY OTHERS WILL COME BACK AND HAUNT THESE COMMIES WHICH CONTROL THIS ONCE GREAT NATION….NOW!
    THEIR JUST DESSERTS!
    FOR HEAVENS SAKE!

  23. Vic says:

    Watch for it!
    Soylent Green
    Coming to a store near you.

    1. Ernie says:

      I thought I was the only one that remembered Soylent Green….;-) Thanks Vic.

  24. Jay says:

    HMMM let’s see, maybe these people’s families live in……..Mexico?!!!

  25. thecleansingisnigh says:

    Hey STEVE-OH!
    Just 10 years ago I was making 6 figures for over 30 yrs and owned my own business here in THE LAND OF THE “Once Upon a Time….” American Dream! My mother got cancer and I lost everything RADIATING HER BEFORE I KNEW THAT CANCER can be cured with natural devices LIKE HEMP oil ! Which OUR beloved corrupt for centuries GOV (look that up!) has demonized because they want to PUSH COKE & HEROIN via the CIA, (proven, caught countless times shipping it to YOUR KIDS!) and VIA these wars ALL the way back to Vietnam, NOW AFGHANISTAN, etc (before we bombed them heroin sales to the USA from Afghanistan was NIL! NOW ITS 90% to our US streets FROM THE US ARMY & Marine GUARDED USA/ Afgan POPPY FIELDS!) ….and with this prohibition MAKE A MIRACLE MEDICINAL PLANT ILLEGAL!
    Now I flip burgers….with A MASTERS DEGREE! AND volunteer at homeless shelters, take homeless families into my now rented home until they can get on their feet….ALSO PITCHED TO THE ROAD STRAY CATS & DOGS UNTIL we find them a FOREVER home….AND DO NOT & WILL NOT EVER have again the worthless UNCONSTITUTIONAL FEDERAL RESERVE GREEN PAPER to BUY myself a plot or a funeral….AND I KNOW 100’s IN THIS SAME BOAT! BECAUSE OF THE BLATANT, incremental, PLANNED, GLOBAL IMF DEBT BASED “CENTRAL” BANK destruction of America now….HAVE YA NOTICED? YOU WILL!
    HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO these people are? Walk one foot in OUR SHOES!
    Hey….Heres a HISTORY LESSON FOR YA…..and a prediction to the NOW & the very near future FOR ALL America & THE PLANET!
    LOOK AROUND WILL YA?….
    GUESS WHO?
    “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

  26. Miguel El Ecuadorian says:

    I tried to claim all of them. I ran out of pumpkins to chuck with my trebuchet. These bodies would have been amazing to send 100 yards down range. The lesson of this story…. Never claim more than 10 bodies. The back of your truck cannot hold more than that without Mexican authorities calling you a sick twisted freak. Their small Toyota pickups can only handle 5 bullet ridden bodies at a time. Even then, blood eats away at the sheet metal. The fall through. It’s not polite to insult our La Raza racist friends. LONG LIVE THE CORRUPT MEXICAN GOVERNMENT. OLAY!

  27. FR2011 says:

    May they all rest in peace.

  28. Peter says:

    ATTN CBS, you could extend the time that people spend on your sites by stopping the automatic updating, people like me leave prematurely because it is time consuming. Can it be turned off by the user? I do not see where that is possible.

  29. Nan Kraft says:

    Amen to that. Thank you for caring, Mr. Knabe. You’re a good man with a good heart.

  30. Artist Patrick says:

    They should have scattered their ashes at sea. Then they would truly have been completly forgotten and saved the tax payers some money that could have gone to educate these type of people who become shadow people.

    1. SickOfBigGovernment says:

      Gee.. arent we the elitist… “these type of people”… gimme a break! Why don’t you go and buy some humility.

  31. Joe Marshall says:

    I would like to thank Mr. Knabe and the Board of LA County Supervisors for truly taking, what I consider to be, sincere participation in the burial of these 1600+ that had no one at the end of their lives. I must admit that it made me a little misty thinking of my family and friends and then of these folks who had little or nothing in that catagory. I am praying for their souls that they may rest in peace and for thanks to the LA officials who took the time out to sincerely honor these people.

  32. John says:

    Capitalism sucks. I wish this country gave two s**ts about its people.

    1. Krumpus says:

      I don’t understand what capitalism has to do with this. This is government work. It’s the government who is ordering the mass burials, not capitalists. Also, it wasn’t capitalists who didn’t claim the bodies, it was relatives and friends who didn’t.

  33. Jim Galt says:

    The Welfare State of California has been overburdened. Hence, they can’t afford to give these poor souls a proper burial. The lack of available “rainy day” savings, 9% + unemployment and the decades long Liberal destruction of the family have only added to this problem. This is the second article I have read in the past two weeks about the rise in unclaimed dead bodies nationwide and the lack of local and state funds to bury or cremate them. Meanwhile… somewhere on a luxary golf course in Hawaii, our dear leader ponders which dead President he should pretend to be next. I’m Thinking it won’t be James Madison!

    1. William says:

      No, he stayed Stateside after polls showed people didn’t like him running off to a tropical island instead of working in DC. Even still he snuck off to a $35.000 dollar a head fundraiser. It was closed to the Press, of course. Its good to be the King….

  34. Kevin Brent says:

    Is it true there was someone from the Obama Campaign registering the bodies to vote in 2012?

  35. Butta Boom says:

    Another 1639 votes for the progressive democrats and obama

    1. audaxrex says:

      That’s just sick.

  36. Jacob says:

    RIP brothers and sisters!

  37. Miss Snow says:

    How is this cloaked as grace toward the homeless, friendless and derelict when something could have been done while they were alive?

    Should we really pat the State and ourselves on the back for the emptying out of the LA County morgue?

    My only hope is that we are moved to remember how fleeting life is, and that we will be answerable to a Judge who gives Grace to sinners while we still borrow our very breathe from Him.

  38. Alan Kurtz says:

    The only thing more depressing than this article, published on the day we remember our service men and women killed at Pearl Harbor in 1941, is reading through the many contemptible comments posted here. They are a sad reminder of how heartless and vulgar we Americans have become.

    1. audaxrex says:

      I agree. There’s no compassion. It’s sad.

  39. William says:

    Starting to look like Mexico in Cali…

  40. Ace_Lt. says:

    It is tragic anytime someone dies alone. No one there to mourn their passing or to even insure that they receive the most basic of burial rights. Such was the case this week for not one or a few, but for over sixteen hundred lost souls. Those who past and no one was there for them. No one present for their final moments, no one there to be present when they were received into eternity. Thankfully, a few strangers showed up for their final collective service. I am more than sure that there were probably many veterans in this group of sixteen hundred. I just wish that the Missing in America project had found and located them before they were laid to rest. I am hoping that my brothers in the California Patriot Guard will hold a memorial for them at the least. Semper Fi……

  41. porcorosso says:

    illusions are always womby- nice to snooze in. “County family” is zombie-creepy.

  42. RogerTShrubber says:

    Sounds like a bunch of democrat votes in 2012

  43. Danny says:

    You forgot about the other 40 Billion people that have existed on this earth that are now forgotten without graves =T

  44. DeusVult says:

    How Sad; to die and have NO one there that knew you…
    May they Rest in Peace!

  45. Ranger01 says:

    This is sad, however the reason the bodies are not claimed, is becaue then the person claiming them, would be charged for a burial fee that they cannot afford because they are unemployed.

    1. Zy says:

      very true! often, it is as simple as that (what you said Ranger01)…

  46. Inachu says:

    I do know one of the person buried there.
    He had no living relative alive and he was the only one left.

    He never had a will but my mother was the closest thing to being a relative.
    His name is Harut and he used to go to University of Dallas in Irving Texas then he moved to California. I guess the govt claimed his land and home since nobody else has. What do they do with his personal belongings? Donate them to salvation army or auction things off?

    1. RJ says:

      then you could have and should have claimed the body and given him a burial. as for his belongings if they are of value like a car or home they sale it and put the money in the city/county funds

  47. Matt says:

    My motorcycle group I ride with did the same thing last year. The VA had 18 people no one claimed(All Vets). On Vet-day we took them to their final rest. Provided honors, flags and all. This is something we will do every year if someone is left behind at our area VA Hospital.

    1. The Citizen says:

      Hats off to you Matt

    2. hebgb says:

      You are a good and decent man Matt. Thank you.

  48. Zy says:

    Are you people serious right now? You will turn anything into a reason to battle…mass grave, single grave, one hole, not enough holes…who cares?! The fact is that many souls have been abandoned for ‘whatever’ reason and if you’re really concerned, just give thanks for your own situation and pay a little respect and compassion for those who are not as fortunate. All this noise is useless!

  49. glenp says:

    the word is “CREMAINS” they were cremated and the leftover DUST was buried there was no “MASS GRAVE”

  50. SickOfBigGovernment says:

    Gee.. at least they didn’t throw their remains in the COUNTY LANDFILL like the federal government did to the remains of our soldiers!!!

  51. stop2think says:

    They should have listed the names of the deceased in the paper stating any family member of the dearly departed is eligble to keep the $500 tax refund due the dead person. You see how fast the relatives come out of the woodwork.

    1. rich says:

      list the names? um that won’t work when the majority of these bodies would be JOHN OR JANE DOES if they had names they would be able to track down family

  52. ragu4u says:

    Foiled again by Adobe Flash Player 11.1

  53. TheBear says:

    Matt, what a wonderful and respectful act on the part of your motorcycle group. You folks provide an example of what it means to care for others. Thank you!

  54. Doug says:

    So Sad I hope there at least was a name for most. And if so a plaque should be there with all their names even if it was just a nickname.

  55. John Lindsay says:

    That is what a soldier or Marine most fears. It’s not death itself, it is to be left behind or forgotten. Very very sad indeed.

  56. hebgb says:

    I wonder how many of these were Mexicans that we should have either caught in the first place or at least sent back to Mexico after death postage due and saved the county their budget for labor.

  57. DJC says:

    In unrelated news, the number of registered Democratic voters increased by 1,639!

    1. Vince says:

      LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. sean patriot says:

    Just burn them !

  59. mike says:

    Only in LA. Lawlessless, dependecy on government, and wreckless irresposibility lead to this type of stuff. I bet 75% of the bodies belonged to illegal immigrants.

  60. Vince says:

    Don’t worry. ACORN will make sure they are registered to vote.

  61. The Clintidote says:

    If there were politicians in attendance, it wasn’t dignified.

  62. Popeye says:

    OK, my bad, I did not read the article connected to this entry until later.

    First, let me assure you that NONE of those buried were vets. I know this because all of the remains had been through the Los Angeles Public Administrator’s office or the Los Angeles Coroner’s office. I started a program in the late 1990’s that ensured ALL unclaimed persons in Los Angeles County would be checked for veterans status and if they were confirmed as vets, their remains would be taken to Riverside National Cemetery for individule burial. In 2008 we lstarted the Veterans Without Family Programs.

    Next, the article is remiss in their description of how these remains were buried. Because of the vast number of unclaimed and unidentified bodies in Los Angeles, many steps are taken to keep a record of the person, including but not limited to DNA, x-rays, photos, detailed records of tattoos and scars as well as extensive records of steps taken to locate families.

    Then, after all efforts are exhausted to locate a family, the body is cremated. The ashes are stored in individule containers for at least 3 years. This actually turnes into closer to 5 years after all of the paper work is done. When all of these steps are taken, then and only then are the cremains from a designated year, buried in a common grave at the county cemetery. No bodies are just dumped into the grave. A stone marker is placed on the grave with the year of death and a log is kept for all the names in the grave in case a family is ever found.

    Lastly, Supervisor Knabe is the County Supervisor who helped me with the VWF to ensure that vets did get their honors at the time of burial. During the time we have been doing these services, Feb 2008, we have done Military Honors for nearly 2000 vets from Los Angeles County. The only vets that may have been buried in the manner described, are the ones who were using a different name at the time of death than they used at the time of their military service or the John and Jane Doe cases that just defied all efforts at identification.

    I hope this eases your mind on these “mass” burials. As I said, the article could have done a much better job of describing the actual event but as we all know, the media doesn’t care about the truth, just sensationalism. We have worked with the Lost In America orgaization several times. They do a great job of searching county morgues and mortuaries for the cremains of vets that may have been stored there for many years.

  63. B-Dog Cometh says:

    The Dems that run L.A. County will make sure these 1639 people keep voting Dem far into the future!

  64. Charles says:

    I thnk many folks just leave the relative because they do not have the money to pay for funerals, cremations, or the fee to get the body from the coroner.

  65. Centaur1255 says:

    Sure, Supervisor Knabe finds this sad, but does he know what a routine burial with viewing and interment costs these days—-try $5000 to $10,000! Even if family members pick up the cremated ashes, there are laws against where you may buried them.

    People leave small towns for LA all the time. Some make it big, some dont—-them are the breaks.

    Some people dont want to be found because of abuse or whatever.

    Mozart was buried in a mass grave, yet his legacy lives on…..just saying. A corpse is only a “shell”, not the person or the soul.

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