Iraq veteran's SpongeBob headstone deemed inappropriate


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Iraq veteran's SpongeBob headstone deemed inappropriate

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Oct 22, 2013

An Iraq war veteran's headstone has been deemed inappropriate and removed from her final resting place.

28-year-old Kimberly Walker loved SpongeBob Square Pants. After she was found murdered in a hotel room on Valentine's Day, she was buried at a historic cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The family purchased six plots at the cemetery after Walker's death and erected the SpongeBob headstone in her honor. The headstone featured a smiling SpongeBob dressed in an Army uniform with Walker's name and rank.

Walker served two tours in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2010 as a corporal for the U.S. Army.

A day after the headstone went up on Oct. 10, it was taken down. Even though the family had received permission from an employee of Spring Grove Cemetery. A near-exact duplicate erected for Walker's living twin sister, who is in the U.S. Navy, was also removed.

Deborah Walker, Kimberly's mother, told WLWT-TV News 5 that her daughter loved SpongeBob so much that she had all types of SpongeBob items and that SpongeBob went in her casket before she was laid to rest.

Spring Grove President and CEO Gary Freytag says that he hopes that the cemetery can come to a positive resolution with the Walker family and that their employee made a "serious error in judgment" when the headstones were approved.


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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to