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Cemetery officials ban profanity on rapper's headstone

Cemetery officials ban profanity on rapper's headstone
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LYNN, Mass. (AP) - Commissioners at a Massachusetts cemetery have said no to profanity on headstones.

Sonny Santiago was a rapper who died in a car crash in February. Commissioners at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn this week unanimously rejected his family's request to inscribe his gravestone with a song verse that included profanity.

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

Chairman Arthur Dulong tells The Daily Item of Lynn the commission had never had to deal 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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