Cemetery Officials: No Profanity Allowed

LYNN, Mass. (May 9, 2013)--Commissioners at a Massachusetts cemetery are saying no to profanity on headstones, unanimously rejecting a request from the family of a rapper killed in a car crash.

The family of rapper Sonny Santiago wanted to inscribe the stone with a song verse that included profanity, but commissioners at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, Mass., said no.

The commission became aware of the language when the company inscribing the 3-foot tall memorial submitted drawings to commissioners.

Chairman Arthur Dulong told The Daily Item of Lynn the commission had never had to deal with profanities on memorials before.

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

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