Mortuary Accused of Burying War Veteran Without Notifying Family

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A trial involving an Inglewood mortuary accused of burying a war veteran without notifying his family got underway on Monday.

Edward Pitts’ family filed a civil lawsuit alleging that they paid Simpson’s Family Mortuary to work with the Veteran’s Affairs Department to bury Pitts with full military honors–and that the funeral director agreed to contact the family once a burial date had been set.

Jamilah Pitts, the daughter of Edward Pitts, claimed that despite repeated phone calls to the mortuary to confirm a date, workers there went ahead with a burial, and reportedly told the family they had already conducted the ceremony.

What’s worse, Jamilah Pitts said it was still unclear if the person laid to rest was actually her father.

Requests for a statement from either Simpson’s Family Mortuary or their attorneys were not immediately returned.

Kareen Wynter reports from Inglewood for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Monday, April 7, 2014.