What part of the game is that???
Georgia Family Disgruntled Over Funeral Home’s Use Of Newspaper To Embalm Son
A Georgia funeral home didn’t break the law when it used newspaper to stuff the body of a teen found dead in a rolled up wrestling mat, state officials said.
The family of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson complained after the high school student’s corpse was exhumed in June 2013 and investigators discovered newsprint in place of several vital organs.
The alarming embalming procedure wasn’t the “best practice,” but it’s not illegal, the Georgia Board of Funeral Service found.
Kendrick’s family believes that he was the victim of foul play and wanted police to investigate further
An examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found the teen was suffocated while he was trapped upside down.
Johnson’s skeptical family wants the criminal investigation to continue, winning a court order in June to have the body exhumed for a second autopsy.
The newspaper was discovered during that examination.
The state funeral board released a report to the family on Thursday, clearing the Harrington Funeral Home of wrongdoing but added there are materials “more acceptable than newspaper,” the Valdosta Daily Times reported.
It’s still not clear what happened to the missing organs. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has said the organs were returned to the body following the first autopsy. The funeral home claimed they were missing when the body arrived.
Somebody has some ‘splainin’ to do.
The home used the newspaper to prepare the teen’s body for public viewing before burial.
Shredded paper, cotton and sawdust are all commonly used throughout the industry, the home’s director, Antonio Harrington told the Georgia newspaper.
“Personally, I have no ill will towards the family,” Harrington told the Valdosta Daily Times. “I pray for them. We’ve done nothing wrong. It was just a hurtful thing. It hurt my family and we are glad our name has been cleared.”
We would have been pissed off too, it sounds CRAZY disrespectful to fill somebody’s loved one with classified ads and comic strips.
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