New Mexico county buries bodies of 19 unknown people

Flowers on a grave. (Cropped Photo: glasseyes view / flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county located on the U.S.-Mexico border has buried the bodies of more than a dozen unnamed people.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports the burials took place at a special ceremony last week after no family came to claim the bodies with Dona Ana County.

No family members spoke to honor the memory of any of the 19 bodies. However, the event attracted dozens who gathered to silently mourn the unknown.

Officials say the county plans to set up a marker at the burial spot to identify the people laid to rest in case family members come forward.