Spoiler alert: Breaking Bad's Walter White headstone removed from Albuquerque cemetery
Families complained the memorial park was becoming a theme park
The headstone, which was placed in Sunset Memorial Park as part of a staged funeral for the fictional character, was removed after a successful local campaign from families in mourning at the cemetery.
Manuel Montano, whose online petition to remove the grave gained more than 1,000 signatures, told local TV station KOB: “My son is buried about 15 yards from where the makeshift grave site is. This is a place of mourning. It’s not a spectacle.
“It’s called Sunset Memorial Park, not Sunset Theme Park. Seeing people taking pictures and having fun while people are mourning, it’s a terrible idea.”
The headstone will be kept at shopping and dining complex The Village Shops at Los Ranchos, four miles north of the memorial park.
Michael Baird, a local steakhouse owner who helped organised the fictional funeral, apologised to families.
He said: “It was never our intention to disrespect those who are buried at Sunset Memorial Park or cause pain to their families.”
Baird said the Walter White Funeral Service and Final Amends was set up to raise money for homeless people and those suffering from the effects of drug addiction.
Its website sells Walter White commemorative funeral bracelets which are sold to raise money for Albuquerque Health Care For The Homeless.
Baird added: “We created the Walter White Funeral and Final Amends as a way to have a positive impact on the community and help those who are negatively impacted by the terrible effects of drug addiction and homelessness. We greatly apologize to anyone who was offended, and want to ensure that the focus remains on the amazing work that Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless does in our community.”
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