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Families nationwide come forward about over-capacity cemetery

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Memphis attorney Howard Manis filed the first class-action lawsuit against Galilee. Memphis attorney Howard Manis filed the first class-action lawsuit against Galilee.
Families from all over the country present new concerns about the trouble Bartlett cemetery, Galilee Memorial Gardens. Families from all over the country present new concerns about the trouble Bartlett cemetery, Galilee Memorial Gardens.
In a letter, a woman in Texas shares concerns that her loved ones may be among the stacked up graves. In a letter, a woman in Texas shares concerns that her loved ones may be among the stacked up graves.
Owner Jemar Lambert remains in jail. Owner Jemar Lambert remains in jail.

(WMC-TV) - Families from all over the country present new concerns about the trouble Bartlett cemetery, Galilee Memorial Gardens.

In a letter, a woman in Texas shares concerns that her loved ones may be among the stacked up graves.

"I'm still in shock, lets be honest, I'm still in shock," said Ida Hambrick of Big Spring, Texas, who sent the letter to Action news 5.

The VA Hospital employee wrote that she has "three sisters, one nephew, and one great-great niece" buried at Galilee.

"I was actually taken aback, because I'm thinking this is atrocious, and it really can't be happening," said Hambrick. "We're all praying, and I'm sure other families and people in Memphis ... They're all praying too."

Memphis attorney Howard Manis filed the first class-action lawsuit against Galilee. He says the client list has grown since then.

"We now represent probably close to 150 families," he said. "Obviously, the large majority is local, but we have had calls from Chicago, Illinois, Texas, to name a few."

Families are continuously concerned about evidence of multiple, crushed caskets packed into single plots. And burials that never ceased despite the cemetery reaching capacity years ago.

Like others, Hambrick is confused about the state's receivership, the ongoing criminal case against owner Jemar Lambert, and the present inability to even visit the cemetery, which is a crime scene.

"The cemetery needs to be put back together, and these families deserve what they paid for," said Manis.

Lambert remains in jail.

Concerned families should contact the Shelby County District Attorney's Office at 901-222-1308

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