Mass. panel: No profanity on rapper’s headstone

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.

Information from: The (Lynn, Mass.) Daily Item.

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