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Family gets missing headstone after reaching out to Contact 9


Good news for a Baton Rouge family who contacted 9NEWS concerning a $2,000 headstone they paid for but never got.

Monica Latimore has to remind her young nephew Kahleb where his Uncle Reginald is buried. His funeral was in September, but there's still no trace of his final resting place at Southern Memorial Gardens.

"He wants to know why doesn't Uncle Reginald have his name down here like his great-grandmother and great-grandfather do beside him, and we don't have an explanation for it," Latimore said.

Latimore and sister Sonja Foreman purchased the bronze memorial in September and were told it would be in place within 90 days. But 210 days later it's still not there.

"In February they told me they had placed it out here," Foreman said.

The sisters said they've asked repeatedly where the headstone is and have heard various excuses as to why it never made it to the gravesite. Latimore said the entire ordeal has made a hard situation even more painful.

"It's a big void in our family right now because he's like the Big Poppa. That's what we called him for a nickname, Big Poppa," Latimore said. "It's very uncomfortable and it's keeping my family pretty ill and uneasy right now."

An employee on the property directed 9NEWS to the company's CFO in Houston. Reached by telephone, Scott Woodley admitted the situation was an oversight. Woodley said he apologized to the family, offered to refund $1,000 of the headstone's price and put a rush on getting the memorial ordered and placed.

Latimore is grateful the company is stepping up to correct its mistake, but said the situation should have been resolved sooner and without media attention.


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