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Los Angeles County will bury the remains of 1,379 unwanted individuals in a mass grave Wednesday.

“This holiday season, many of us are reminded of how fortunate we are to be surrounded by loved ones,” Supervisor Don Knabe told people assembled for a meeting at the downtown Hall of Administration on the eve of Wednesday’s burial.”Sadly, not everyone shares this blessing,” Knabe added, calling for a moment of silence.

The remains of those set to be buried at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery in Boyle Heights went unclaimed by family or friends. The county generally holds the cremated remains for about two years before burial.

“Some are homeless. Many were poor,” Knabe said. “Many have no families to grieve for them. Regardless of what their status in life was, each one of them mattered.”

—City News Service

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