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Lynn Cemetery Commission Says No to Profanity on Headstones

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LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Commissioners at a Lynn cemetery have said no to profanity on headstones.

Pine Grove Cemetery commissioners this week unanimously rejected a family’s request to inscribe their loved one’s gravestone with a verse that panel said included two swear words.

Sonny Santiago was a rapper who died in a car crash in February.

The commission became aware of the verse when the company inscribing the three-foot tall memorial submitted drawings to commissioners.

Chairman Arthur Dulong tells The Daily Item of Lynn the commission has never had a problem with profanities on memorials before.

Santiago’s sister-in-law, Angela Ventola, says city officials contacted the family about the inscription and they agreed to have the gravestone inscribed with a different, profanity-free verse from a song Santiago wrote.

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Information from: The (Lynn, Mass.) Daily Item, http://itemlive.com