Gregory Eames lost his son in 2008 and now has lost his wife
to lung cancer. But instead of worrying about laying his wife to rest, he has
to deal with the condition she will be resting in.
Lutheran Cemetery is one of
many cemeteries in Baton Rouge that are crumbling. The cemeteries are
looking more like forests, with overgrown grass, and broken crypts. Eames is
worried his wife's crypt will be neglected as well.
"No way can people I know come and walk over this, I cut
grass for a living," said Eames.
On Wednesday, he cut the high grass surrounding the cemetery. But
he says maintenance is not his responsibility and he wants the community to get
District 10 Councilwoman Tara Wicker said the city has been
getting help from volunteers willing to help maintain the cemeteries. She said
there is little the city can do since the resting places are privately owned
and the owners are unable to afford the upkeep.
"I hope the individuals who own the cemeteries, and the city
officials, and whoever is available that can come together and find out what we
can realistically do about this problem, "said Wicker.
Overgrown cemeteries are also a health risk. Sitting waters
and high grass attract mosquitoes.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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