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Grieving family shocked to see decaying FOOT emerge from grave while burying their grandfather

Mirror logo Mirror 11/8/2017 Stephen Jones

A grieving family was stunned to see a decaying FOOT emerge from a grave while burying their beloved grandfather.

The macabre scenes occurred during a burial at a New Jersey cemetery - when a corpse from the next grave spilled out into where Cleveland Butler was about to be laid to rest.

The body part appeared from the soil as the 85-year-old's blue casket was lowered into the ground at Mount Holiness Memorial Park.

Mr Butler's daughter Sandra told the New York Daily News: "This was a very traumatizing situation, first dealing with losing my father and then this.

"I couldn’t even look at it. It was too much and no one said anything to us. It was like business as usual for them.

"They just dumped the dirt in the plot like it was normal, like it’s nothing to them."

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Mr Butler - who had four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren - died after suffering a stroke at a nursing home in Brooklyn.

The family got together last Friday for a brief service at the Robeson and Brown Funeral Home in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Sandra, accompanied by her brother Alonzo and other mourners, then went to the same cemetery in Butler, New Jersey, where their mother and grandparents are buried.

The Daily News reports that after a eulogy and a few prayers, scenes by the graveside quickly turned into something akin to a Stephen King novel - or an outtake from “The Walking Dead”.

Alonzo Butler, 53, a bus driver, said: “We all looked down and we were looking at what apparently was a human foot and leg wrapped in plastic, with cloth wrapped around it, sticking out on top of my father’s casket."

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One of the mourners took a snap of the foot on their mobile phone.

Relatives claimed cemetery workers ignored the dangling foot and simply filled in the grave.

Alonzo said: "They heard it was a leg on the casket and they didn’t even try to investigate it."

The family also complained that one worker accidentally dropped a packet of cigarettes and his phone into the open grave - which had to be 'fished' out with a rake.

Rev. Kevin McCall, crisis director with the National Action Network: "This is beyond heinous for anyone to witness during their time of grieving over a loved one.

He called on New Jersey officials and police to "investigate this despicable act immediately to uncover who is responsible".

Mount Holiness owner James Shmergel claim the incident was overblown, asking: “Is it newsworthy? In a cemetery?

“Not really.”

The Butlers say they may hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit seeking compensation for pain and suffering.

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