Coroner's office and City of New Orleans sued for allegedly creating mass graves on private property

By Elizabeth Fitzsousa | Feb 7, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – A local cemetery is seeking a restraining order to stop the city of New Orleans and the New Orleans Coroner's Office from trespassing and building mass, unmarked graves on its property.

Gentilly Land Company and Resthaven Memorial Park filed suit in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Nov. 15, 2013.

Gentilly Land filed a petition for a temporary restraining order against the City of New Orleans in response to the New Orleans Coroner’s Office allegedly trespassing in Resthaven Memorial Park and building unmarked mass graves.

The plaintiff claims that in September 2010 through the summer of 2013 the City of New Orleans has trespassed 70 feet onto its property past the city-owned indigent burial site. Gentilly Land alleges the city has trespassed at least six times to dig pits and bury numerous bodies and human remains.

Gentilly Land has attempted to give notice to the city to cease and desist and is now requesting the restraining order to guard against further irreparable injury, loss and damage.

The court has issued a restraining order against the city.

Gentilly Land is represented by New Orleans attorney Terrance A. Prout.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Christopher Bruno.

Case no. 2013-10732.

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