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October 21st, 2013 By Maija Zummo | The Morning After | Posted In: Life

Spring Grove Removes Murder Victim's SpongBob Headstone

Slain soldier's cartoon character grave marker stirs up controversy

spongebobScreen grab from WLWT
Twenty-eight-year-old army sergeant and Ohio native Kimberly Walker was found dead in a Colorado hotel room earlier this year, allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, a soldier, on Valentine's Day. Walker loved SpongeBob SquarePants, so her family had Walker's headstone carved to resemble the bepantsed sponge. She was buried at Spring Grove cemetery with plans to have her grave marked by an almost 7-foot headstone. Spring Grove initially let the family place the stone sponge, but then changed their mind and removed it citing that the piece didn't fit with cemetery guidelines.

Here's a WLWT video on the situation presented without comment because the story is weird, sad, sort of funny in a dark way and both sides have pretty valid points:


 
 
10.22.2013 at 04:03 Reply

It's not the cemetery. It's the vet families that don't know how to laugh at the uniform. 
So what. 
Put SpongeBob SquarePants back on her grave. 
The rest of us can still laugh at ourselves; in laughter is when we melt into a one people. 
Rest in peace Corporal Kimberly Walker. We can take a joke -- even if you didn't mean to make one. 
And thanks for serving our country.

 

 
 
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