In February last year tragedy struck the family of Kimberly Walker after she was found deceased in a hotel room in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her boyfriend was subsequently arrested and charged in relation to her passing. Kimberly Walker was a 28-year-old army sergeant who served two tours in Iraq and also has a twin sister named Kara who serves as an IT specialist for the NAVY. Kimberly was buried with honors at the Spring Grove Cemetery.
To honor Kimberly’s memory her family decided to put up two 6 feet tall, weighing over 7,000 pounds monuments of the cartoon character SpongeBob Squarepants. Both monuments cost more than $26,000. One was for Kimberly and the other one for her twin sister Kara. Apparently the late Kimberly Walker was a huge fan of the animated series. According to her family she used to collect all types of merchandise featuring SpongeBob. From pillow covers to shower curtains to cups everything at her place was SpongeBob.
But more than 8 months later her family is mourning her passing once again after the cemetery officials decided to remove the monuments. According to the Spring Grove Cemetery management the SpongeBob memorials did not fit with the official guidelines and caused huge distress to other visitors who complained about them.
Luckily, the designers working at the cemetery found a solution to the problem more than a year after Kimberly’s funereal. They re-installed the original SpongeBob statues but with granite slabs that were erected around them, so they are covered from the vision of passersby.