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**Update**Iraq Veteran's SpongeBob Gravestone Removed

October 20, 2013

By Amanda Lee Myers
of Associated Press

CINCINNATI — An Iraq war veteran's SpongeBob SquarePants headstone has been removed from her final resting place because officials at the historic Cincinnati cemetery deemed it inappropriate for their traditional grounds.

The headstone of Kimberly Walker, 28, was made in the likeness of her favorite cartoon character and erected at Spring Grove Cemetery on October 10, almost eight months after she was found slain in a Colorado hotel room.

Despite getting the cemetery's prior approval of the headstone's design — a smiling SpongeBob in an Army uniform, with Walker's name and rank, (full image below), — her family said Monday that cemetery staff called them the day after it was installed to say it would have to come down.

The 7 foot headstone, along with a near-exact duplicate erected for Walker's living twin sister, have been removed and will not be allowed back up, cemetery President Gary Freytag said Monday.

"We've decided that they aren't appropriate for our historic cemetery and they can't be displayed here," Freytag said, adding that the employee who approved the headstones made an inexplicable error in judgment, given the cemetery's traditional, stately appearance.

He acknowledged that the cemetery is at fault and that staff members would be meeting with Walker's family on Tuesday to try to find a solution, which could include a more traditional gravestone bearing small likeness of the character.

Freytag also said Spring Grove is prepared to reimburse the family for each headstone, which cost a combined $26,000, and pay for new ones.

"I feel terrible that it got to this point but I'm hoping we can come out at the other end of the tunnel with a solution," he said.

Walker was an Army corporal assigned to the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion and served two yearlong tours Iraq in 2006 and 2010 as a petroleum supply specialist, her family said.

Walker was found dead in a hotel room in Colorado Springs on Valentine's Day this year, strangled and beaten to death. Her boyfriend, an Army sergeant stationed nearby, was arrested and charged with her killing.

Walker's twin sister, Kara Walker, said the family is beyond distraught. A lot of thought went into the gravestones, which she said were chosen because her sister loved SpongeBob, even outfitting her entire bedroom with the cartoon character's decorations.

"It is frustrating that you entrust a cemetery to have your best interest at heart and accommodate you and your family at a hard time ... and because they don't like it they're going to take it down," said Kara Walker, 29, an information technician for the U.S. Navy stationed in Naples, Italy.

"My sister served our country and most people try to accommodate veterans and try to take care of them," she said. "For them not to accommodate and respect what my sister sacrificed, not only for my family, but for everyone else in this country, really bothers me."

She said the only way the cemetery can make it up to the family, which she said pre-paid for six plots for $29,000, is to put the headstones back.

"They already brought enough grief and pain to the family," she said. "We want what we paid for and what I know my sister would have wanted."

AP Photo: Kara Walker

Kimberly Walker's gravestone in the likeness of popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants.

What business is it of theirs, if that is what their loved one wanted?

**The Vet's Twin Sister's Matching Tombstone Also Has to be Removed**

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/video?id=9296337#

I hope the video plays. You can see both stones there.
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The sister? A marine vet! (Still alive)

The cemetary is paying for the stones, but, they need to keep up with the times!

People make videos and add photos of their loved ones.

What a minute! They need a lawyer! The cemetary previously approved the design!

They should get a giant SpongeBob mausoleum or put the stones inside of one, since they're paying for it!

They deal with grief and now this!

**Iraq Vet's Family Still Wants SpongeBob Gravestone**

October 22, 2013

By Amanda Lee Myers of Associated Press

The family of a slain Iraqi war veteran says they want her SpongeBob SquarePants headstone returned to her grave but they're also considering other options.

CINCINNATI — The family of a slain Iraqi war veteran wants her towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone returned to her final resting place while the cemetery officials that removed it say that's the only thing they won't do, leaving both sides at an apparent impasse that may have to be decided in court.

Deborah Walker told The Associated Press after Tuesday's meeting with Spring Grove Cemetery officials that she'd consider their various proposals if they would think about hers — simply putting her daughter Kimberly's gravestone back.

But cemetery President Gary Freytag told the AP that isn't an option.

The headstone fashioned in the cartoon character's likeness was erected at Spring Grove Cemetery on Oct. 10, almost eight months after Kimberly Walker, 28, was found slain in a Colorado hotel room.

Despite getting the cemetery's prior approval of the headstone design — a smiling SpongeBob in an Army uniform, with Walker's name and rank — cemetery staff called her family the day after it was installed to say it would have to come down.

Cemetery officials said the employee who approved the design made a mistake. It was taken down along with a near-exact duplicate erected for Walker's living twin sister.

Deborah Walker said she's beyond frustrated with Spring Grove, saying her family had a contract, wants it to be honored as promised and is now considering their legal options.

"You can't keep blaming it on an employee," she said. "That employee represented that whole cemetery and when they do wrong, you've got to make it right. Put SpongeBob back up."

Freytag said he's "willing to do whatever the family thinks is best, other than installing the monuments back as they were."

Other possible solutions, Freytag said, include creating new, more traditional headstones bearing a smaller SpongeBob likeness, or laying the original headstones flat on the ground after redesigning the lot.

Spring Grove would cover all the costs, Freytag said.

Kimberly Walker's twin sister, Kara Walker, said her family went to great lengths for each of the $13,000 headstones, including obtaining copyright approval from Nickelodeon. The family believes the headstone was the only fitting tribute for her sister, a huge SpongeBob fan.

Kimberly Walker was an Army corporal assigned to the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion and served two yearlong tours Iraq in 2006 and 2010 as a petroleum supply specialist, her family said.

She was found dead in a hotel room in Colorado Springs in February on Valentine's Day, strangled and beaten to death. Her boyfriend, an Army sergeant stationed nearby, was arrested and charged with her killing.

"My sister served our country and most people try to accommodate veterans and try to take care of them," Kara Walker said. "For them not to accommodate and respect what my sister sacrificed, not only for my family, but for everyone else in this country, really bothers me."

Freytag said Spring Grove admires and appreciates Kimberly Walker's military service but that the cemetery has to consider the wishes of other families whose loved ones are interred there and may not feel that gravestones modeled after cartoon characters are appropriate.

The dispute over the headstones has gained nationwide attention. Freytag said the cemetery has received so many calls, both in support of and against its decision, that they had to set up a special extension to field all the comments.

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What business is it of theirs, if that is what their loved one wanted?

Agree!
As Bob Dylan said "The times they are a changing..." Historical may now be hysterical! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea...

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epic headstone, this has me thinking...

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Re: Iraq Veteran's SpongeBob Gravestone Removed

Outstanding Headstone. They received their money, what is their big deal?

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Re: Iraq Veteran's SpongeBob Gravestone Removed

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What business is it of theirs, if that is what their loved one wanted?

Agree!
As Bob Dylan said "The times they are a changing..." Historical may now be hysterical! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea...

Spongebob Squarepants!

I'm a Squidward fan myself.

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People hate change and being different from them

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So now we're dictating what headstones are professional enough?

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I think it's inappropriate and disrespectful. I like titties, pussy, and arse but don't want them as my tombstone. Maybe a better solution is to move that thing to private property and use it as a memorial stone.

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I think it's inappropriate and disrespectful. I like titties, pussy, and arse but don't want them as my tombstone. Maybe a better solution is to move that thing to private property and use it as a memorial stone.
There is a guy who had a carving of his wife's vagina put on her tombstone.

She's on here somewhere.

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Meh.....it sad for the family but that's not the place for spongebob :/ pretty innapropriate

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