LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County officials Wednesday morning buried the unclaimed remains of 1,489 people in a mass grave.

The event began at 9:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery in Boyle Heights.

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“These are individuals who . . .  have no one but the county to provide them with a respectful, dignified burial,” Supervisor Don Knabe said. “Some are homeless. Some are poor. Some have no families to grieve for them.”

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The cremated remains of those being buried were not claimed by family or friends. The remains are generally held at the county for about two years before burial.

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