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“There’s just no excuse,” Metro man upset over cemetery conditions

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A metro man is upset over what he believes is an overgrown cemetery in the metro.

Terry Farmer called NewsChannel 4 after visiting the grave of his deceased brother only to find the grave marker covered in tall grass. The issue is at the Sunnylane Cemetery in Del City.

Farmer says it's disrespectful to have the cemetery in that kind of condition.

We found the large piles of grass don’t only cover his brother’s grave, but an entire section is labeled “Babyland.”

 “As long as I'm alive, he's not going to be laying in a hay field and neither is these other little ones,” Farmer said.

Farmer is upset with the management of the cemetery, but also blames the mowing crews.

“You got to have people coming out to a cemetery like it used to be, with respect,” he said.

The area appears to have been mowed several days ago, but piles of dry grass were left behind. Those piles, in many cases, cover the grave markers while tall grass still surrounds other graves.

“It's been bad but not like this. Like a hay field,” Farmer said.

Farmer came out to the cemetery a few days ago to visit the grave of a brother he never met. The baby was stillborn. He made a promise to his mother years ago that he would keep up with the unnamed child's grave. It's a promise he has every intention of keeping.

“What if that was your baby? How would you feel right here,” Farmer said.

Officials with the cemetery say this section tends to hold water and that the heavy rains in May have made it difficult to mow it properly.

Riley Castor, general manager of the cemetery, sent us the following statement.

"We have an enormous responsibility and privilege to care for the many loved ones that are interred here at Sunny Lane Cemetery. We don't take that responsibility lightly and want each family to be satisfied with the conditions of our cemetery grounds. Mr. Farmer contacted us on Saturday to inform us he was not satisfied with the condition of his brother's grave. We immediately addressed the concern and met with Mr. Farmer that afternoon. In our visit we shared that with the record setting rainfall and specific drainage conditions of our older sections we still needed the grounds to dry out before we could mow. With water still standing in some areas we've not been able to mow at the risk of damaging gravesites and headstones with our equipment. We did have our grounds crew weed eat his brother's site and informed him that we felt a reasonable time frame to have landscape maintenance  performed on the entire garden would be Friday the 12th. He agreed to this timeframe that has not yet come to be."

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