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Dec 4, 2012 8:51 PM by The Associated Press

LA County to bury ashes of 1,656 unclaimed people

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County will bury the unclaimed cremated remains of 1,656 people in a mass grave on Wednesday.

The county Board of Supervisors observed a moment of silence for them at Tuesday's meeting.

City News Service quoted Supervisor Don Knabe (kuh-NAH'-bee) as saying that the individuals, for one reason or another, have no one but the county to provide a respectful and dignified burial.

Knabe says some were homeless, many were poor and some had no families to grieve for them.

The remains will be interred at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery in Boyle Heights.

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