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    Ceremony held during indigent burial in King County

    October 18, 2017

    Rev. Jeffrey Lee Barker, of the Olympic View Community Church of the Brethren, prays, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Renton, Wash., during a service for 180 people who died in the county, but whose families either could not be found or could not afford a burial. The service was organized by the King County Indigent Remains program and the King County Medical Examiner's office. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The names of 180 people who died in King Co. but whose families either could not be found or could not afford a burial were read aloud at a ceremony at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Renton.

    The Individual cremated remains were catalogued and buried Wednesday under a flat headstone that read “October 2017” and the phrase “Gone but not forgotten, these people of King County.”

    A bagpiper played to open the service and law enforcement and fire department representatives stood sentry next to a memorial wreath. Several dozen people attended, even as rain fell outside a shelter above the grave.

    The service was organized by the King County Indigent Remains program and the King County Medical Examiner’s office.

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