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Cemetery rejects profane gravestone inscription

May 9, 2013 at 2:07 PM

LYNN, Mass., May 9 (UPI) -- Commissioners of a Massachusetts cemetery said they rejected a proposed grave stone inscription due to the inclusion of profanity.

The Pine Grove Cemetery commission in Lynn voted 6-0 to bar Sonny Santiago's family from inscribing his grave stone with lines of verse he wrote that include profanity, The Daily Item, Lynn, reported Thursday.

Santiago died in a motor vehicle crash Feb. 23 at the age of 23.

"You gonna remember the damn name, I give a [expletive] if I die with no damn friends, I got my fam by my side and that's until the end," the proposed inscription reads.

The family said they have submitted an alternate poem by Santiago for the grave stone and commissioners did not raise any objections to the profanity-free verse.

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