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Some Families Say Cemetery Workers Disrespecting Gravestones

Families with loved ones buried at a Rowland Heights cemetery say workers there are disrespecting final resting places.

"I come here for peace," said Mike Cruz, whose wife is buried at Queen of Heaven Mortuary.

Photos show tractor tire marks and dirt on some gravestones. Some are sunken in, possibly from poor drainage. Others are surrounded by dried up and dead grass from the extreme heat.

All of this, some families say, shouldn't be happening.

They say they pay for perpetual care of these resting places when they pay to have their loved ones buried here.

But they're feeling neglected, and with a newer section under construction, they're worried it will only get worse.

Cruz said he has made up to five complaints, but fears they're not being handled.

A spokeswoman from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said the cemetery is adding spaces for cremation burials and additional graves, including mausoleum burial options.

She said maintenance trucks left the tire marks.

Once they were made aware that they had left the tracks, they put plywood down to prevent that from happening.

She said streets will be repaved as part of the project.

"The care of our burial grounds is the utmost priority for our Catholic Cemeteries as a ministry of the Church," they said in a statement. "We want to assure our patrons that cemetery personnel have been working to address the concerns that have been raised and are committed to the steadfast care of the resting places of their loved ones."

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