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El Paso Diocese: Internet photo of graves ‘run over’ false

The Diocese of El Paso says a photo making the rounds on social media appearing to show graves at a Lower Valley cemetery damaged due to a vehicle ‘running them over’ is false

“The photo, put on a local Facebook page in the last 12 hours and claims to show damage left by someone who allegedly drove over graves at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. It’s false,” read a post placed on the Diocese’s own Facebook page.

According to officials, the ruts left in the cemetery were made from the heavy tractors that are used at the property which dig the graves.

The online post goes on to state, “The recent rains and snow we’ve had made the ground soft and when the tractors went through, they left the dirt like this. As for the headstone and flowers which are in disarray, those were moved to make room for the tractor which was on its way to an established grave site for a new burial. The headstone and flowers were put back in their normal spot soon after the tractor went through.

Officials added that, “At no time has the cemetery suffered damage or have graves been disturbed. Business operates as usual at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. We hope the original post did not worry families unnecessarily.”

Cemetery offering free burials of cremated remains Nov 2nd

In honor of All Souls Day November 2nd, Mt. Carmel Cemetery is offering free burials of cremated remains.

“Last year, we had about 100 families who were able to properly bury their loved ones,” said Jorge Vergen, Dir., Catholic Properties.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz will offer a funeral mass at the cemetery at 10 a.m. at Mt. Carmel on Nov.2.  It will take place in front of the office and burial will proceed after Mass.

“This is not a mass grave,” said Vergen. ”Each individual will have a dignified plot of their own.”  A temporary nameplate will then be placed on the site.

The public must make arrangements with the cemetery prior to burial to ensure enough space is allotted.

The deadline to make arrangments is Oct. 30. Call Mt. Carmel Cemetery at (915) 860-0606.

Author: Diocese of El Paso