LA County To Bury Remains Of 1,656 ‘Unclaimed’ People

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County will bury the remains of 1,656 people in a mass grave Wednesday.

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday held a moment of silence for the thousands of bodies who were never claimed by family or friends.

“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 burial will take place at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery in Boyle Heights.

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