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SpongeBob SquarePants Headstone Still Not Back Up

October 22, 2013

Amanda Lee Myers, Canadian Press Broadcast Wire

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Officials at a cemetery that removed a slain Iraq war veteran's SpongeBob SquarePants headstone are planning to meet with the soldier's family to explore possible solutions.

Kimberly Walker's headstone was made in the likeness of the popular cartoon character and erected at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati on Oct. 10. Her family says they were told to remove it the next day even though the cemetery previously approved the design.

The family says they're beyond distraught. They say the towering $13,000 headstone was perfect for Walker, who loved SpongeBob.

Walker was killed in Colorado earlier this year, allegedly by her boyfriend.

Spring Grove President Gary Freytag says the headstone was approved by an employee who made "an error in judgment."

Officials will meet with Walker's family on Tuesday.

(c) 2013 The Canadian Press

Original headline: US-SpongeBob-Gravestone-Removed, Update

Source: (c) 2013 The Canadian Press

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