Los Angeles County honors unclaimed dead

On Wednesday morning, about 200 strangers gathered under stormy skies to pay their respects at a Boyle Heights cemetery. Few people in the crowd knew anyone who had been buried, but that did not stop them from remembering the dead.

The annual graveside event honors those whose bodies go unclaimed following their deaths, a practice that dates to the 1890s, when Los Angeles County first began burying indigent and other unclaimed individuals. This year’s ceremony honored 1,457 people, whose ashes were buried earlier in the week.

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