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Iraq Veteran's SpongeBob Gravestone Removed

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CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio cemetery says a slain Iraq war veteran's SpongeBob SquarePants headstone has no place on its historic grounds.

Kimberly Walker's headstone was made in the likeness of the popular cartoon character and erected at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati on Oct. 10. Her family says they were told to remove it the next day even though the cemetery previously approved the design.

The family says they're beyond distraught. They say the towering $13,000 headstone was perfect for Walker, who loved SpongeBob.

Walker was killed in Colorado earlier this year, allegedly by her boyfriend.

Spring Grove President Gary Freytag says the headstone was approved by an employee who made "an error in judgment" and that it just doesn't fit in with the character of the historic and picturesque cemetery.

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