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Unclaimed Dead To Be Buried In Mass Grave

LOS ANGELES ( — Los Angeles County will bury 1,430 individuals in a mass grave Wednesday.

"This holiday season, many of us are reminded how fortunate we are to be surrounded by loved ones," Supervisor Don Knabe said at a gathering at the downtown Hall of Administration on the eve of the burial. "Sadly, not everyone shares this blessing."

The remains of those set to be buried at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery in Boyle Heights have all gone unclaimed. The county generally holds the cremated remains for about two years before burial.

"Some are homeless, some are poor, some have no family to grieve for them," Knabe said. "Regardless of what their status in life was, each one of them mattered."

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