According to Detective Jaime White of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened on Saturday as the boy was attending a birthday party at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
The boy was climbing on a headstone shaped like a tree stump, dated 1906, when it came loose and fell on top of the boy. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Jeff Nely, the church’s pastor, called the boy a “rambunctious young man” who was “full of life” and says church members are planning to help the family financially in some way.
“Just trying to love them and let them know that we support them and trying to comfort them and give peace as best we can,” said Neely.
This is the fourth tombstone related death we have reported on that I remember.
In 2012, a 4-year-old boy in Utah died after a headstone fell on top of him while he played in a graveyard, and a 4-year-old girl in North Carolina died the same way. The most recent story was from 2015, when a 74-year-old man in Pennsylvania was killed by a falling headstone as he was decorating a family gravesite for Easter.
I have made it clear that when I die, I do not want a funeral or to be buried. The entire affair is depressing for those attending, and a rip-off for those paying for it. Just cremate my ass and dump the ashes down the nearest toilet. However, I am glad others don’t feel the same way… I mean, without cemeteries, I’d never find a date.Tags: Accident, Arkansas, church, Crime, tombstone