Cemetery Controversy Continues in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/29/04

Cemetery Controversy Continues in Lubbock

A 112 page document found at the Lubbock Cemetery has raised a lot of questions at the city. It lists names of people who have died, but not where they are buried.

City Attorney Anita Burgess says after investigating the list of more than 3,000 names, they were able to locate the burial locations at Peaceful Gardens Cemetery in Woodrow through recorded obituaries at the city library.

"So it raises the question of the validity of the document and the authenticity of where it came from. We don't know. All we know is 98% of the individuals are not buried in the City of Lubbock Cemetery but in the Peaceful Gardens," says Burgess.

Attorney Steve Claus represents 70 families who are suing the city because they can not find loved ones buried at the Lubbock Cemetery. Claus says he's questioning why the city would have a document in their possession if none of those people were buried on city property. "It just reinforces our position that the cemetery records are in such shambles that they don't know what they have there," Claus said.

At this point, none of the families suing the city have been able to located loved ones. The city is still continuing their investigation.

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