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City leaders search for solution with Nogales cemetery out of plot space

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NOGALES, Ariz. - The Nogales City Cemetery is more than a century old.

In the recent past, one burial plot normally cost a family $100, but now there's no space to build plots.

"Unfortunately right now there are no more spots within the Nogales Cemetery for full body burials," Nogales Deputy City Manager John Kissinger said. "We do have plenty of spots available for urns, for cremation."

The cemetery oversold plots In some cases different families staked claim to the same plot.

"I know of two cases right now where there's a family member in a plot that he might be in the wrong plot," Kissinger said. "So, he might have purchased a plot but not buried in the right plot."

Kissinger tells News 4 Tucson the city is investigating the situation.

Every day on her lunch break, Leonor Lopez comes to visit her dad at the cemetery who died in 2003.

"I still miss my dad," Lopez said. "I love him and I miss him. He was the rock of our family. I just want to feel that he's still with us and I want to feel him close."

Many years ago, Lenore's family bought several plots next to one another. She feels for those families who may not get the chance to bury their loved at this cemetery steeped in history because there simply isn't enough space.

"All the people that pass away have to be cremated and that's not fair," Lopez said.

The city is working with a private cemetery nearby to try and buy more land. Kissinger hopes a deal will be finalized soon.

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