CINCINNATI - Two monuments created for a murdered soldier are causing controversy in Cincinnati.
According to WLWT, the family paid for two 7,000 pound SpongeBob SquarePants statues to be made and placed at their loved one’s grave site. They cost was $13,000 each.
The cartoon character is in military uniform in honor of the victim, who served in the Army, and her twin sister, who serves in the Navy.
It is an unusual situation involving the final grave site of slain soldier Sgt. Kimberly Walker of Cincinnati. She was found dead in a Colorado Springs, Colorado hotel room last Valentine's Day. She was 28-years-old.
Kimberly Walker's boyfriend, who is also an enlisted soldier, was charged with her death for first-degree murder.
The murder left the Walker's family shocked.
The family said they've encountered a backlash over the monument of the cartoon character SpongeBob Squarepants at Walker's gravesite. They said it caused them more pain and disbelief.
Kimberly’s mother, Deborah Walker, explained that her daughter collected and loved SpongeBob.
In March, the family ordered two 7,000-pound SpongeBob SquarePants monuments. The family received the approval to erect the SpongeBob monuments, signed the contracts, started the design and paid 10 percent of the price upfront.
The monuments arrived Oct. 10 and were installed at the cemetery. Each SpongeBob wears a military uniform, one in an Army uniform for Kimberly and the other in a Navy uniform for twin sister Kara, who is currently an IT Specialist in the U.S. Navy.
One day later, cemetery officials informed the Walker family that the monuments were inappropriate and had to be removed.
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