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Woman has son's ashes in tattoos

LLANELLI, Wales, June 21 (UPI) -- A Welsh woman whose son died said she had his ashes mixed with ink and tattooed into three designs on her back.

Kim Mordue of Llanelli said her son Lloyd, a rugby player, died after taking the party drug GHB. She decided to memorialize him with the tattoos etched by her husband Dave, who owns a tattoo parlor, The Sun reported Monday.

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The mother said her tattoos depict a tree of life, an angel releasing a butterfly and a poem dedicated to Lloyd.

"I've put Lloyd back where he started -- he's in my body again," Mordue said. "As soon as I knew it was possible I wanted to have the ashes tattoos as a tribute to Lloyd."

Mordue said she hopes the tattoos will serve as a warning about the dangers of drugs.

"Losing a child to drugs really is the worst nightmare a parent can have," she said.

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