Mother says Yulee cemetery denied delivery of son's headstone

By: Danielle Avitable , Action News Jax

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YULEE, Fla. - A mother said her son now has an unmarked gravesite at a local cemetery.

It’s the same cemetery Action News Jax showed you in September where the owner kicked out the grieving mother and her friend.

A patch of dead grass is now the only marking on Linda Strickland’s son’s gravesite.

"There was nothing down, it was like just a piece of grass," Strickland said. 

She said she showed up at Green Pine Cemetery to mourn the one-year anniversary of her son Christopher’s death, but his marker was gone.

"I was tore up, I was brokenhearted. It's taken every part of me to go through each day," Strickland said. 

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The attorney for the cemetery said there was a courtesy marker on the gravesite and that was removed after 10 months. 

"I never thought anybody in this world could treat somebody that way," Strickland said. 

Strickland had a granite headstone made for her son. She said when the company wanted to deliver it, the general manager said it wasn’t allowed, but the cemetery's attorney denies that happened. 

"I have a beautiful headstone that I have no place to put," Strickland said.  

Since being kicked out of the cemetery in September, Strickland’s lawyer filed a lawsuit against the cemetery.

"I’m asking for things to be made right. I want my stone put down for my son and to be able to go somewhere comfortably," Strickland said. 

Since the cemetery is licensed by the state, Action News Jax reached out to the Florida Department of Financial Service and was told that since our story aired, additional issues from this cemetery are being reviewed.

"I don't know if I’ll ever be able to go there comfortably again because of having to look over my back," Strickland said. 

Strickland said she’s now looking to move her son to another cemetery. 

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