Posted: 2:03 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
By Rick Couri
Kimberly Walker was a 28 year old soldier who loved the military and SpongeBob Square Pants.
“He went everywhere. The curtains, the shower, the bathroom, everything was SpongeBob," her mother said.
Kimberly was murdered by her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day of this year and her parents laid her to rest at the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Now months late they have another battle to fight, this time with the cemetery.
When Kimberly was killed her family asked for and was granted permission to erect two giant headstones shaped like SpongeBob.
The carvings are nearly seven feet tall, weigh 7,000 pounds and cost $13,000 each.
There are two of them because the family put up a stone for Kimberly’s still living twin sister. They also bought six other plots at the same time.
But just a day after they were installed Spring Grove’s CEO released the following statement to WLWT-TV.
"Although the family chose a design with the guidance of a Spring Grove employee, unfortunately the monument did not fit within Spring Grove Cemetery guidelines. As an historic cemetery, we must constantly balance the needs of families who have just suffered a loss with the thousands of families who have entrusted us in the past."
The two sides have been negotiating and will meet again this week in an effort to come to some sort of agreement.