Living man's name on Katrina memorial

Feb. 28, 2008 at 6:53 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A New Orleans man who evacuated his former home in St. Bernard Parish before Hurricane Katrina said he was shocked to find his name on a memorial for the dead.

Uriel Little, 76, who resides at St. Margaret's Daughters Nursing Home in New Orleans, said he spotted his name on the memorial, erected by St. Bernard Parish officials for those in the area who lost their lives in the 2005 hurricane, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Thursday.

He said the mistake surprised him, but he is not particularly bothered by it.

"Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated," Little said. "I know that I'm still alive, and that's what counts."

Parish officials said they are moving to correct the error, and there may be as many as six names on the monument of people who did not die in the disaster.

"Misspelled names are one thing, but if we have a living person listed as dead, that's something else," said Karen Turni Bazile, executive assistant for Parish President Craig Taffaro. "It's not right to leave it like that."

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