It’s been almost two weeks since the police made a mortifying discovery in one of the New York funeral homes. After receiving complaints about a strange odor, the authorities found up to 50 decomposing bodies piled up in unrefrigerated U-Haul box trucks outside Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Services in Brooklyn.
Now the facility is getting sued by the family of Angela Rodriguez, whose body was among those disgracefully discarded. The family’s attorney Kathryn Barnett said that the lawsuit was in the process of being drafted on May 12th. It will be filled in the Bronx Supreme Court once the pandemic moratorium on new litigation is lifted.
According to the lawyer, the daughter, and granddaughter of late 77-year-old Ms. Rodriguez initially had no idea that the body of their loved one was transferred to Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Services. After the woman passed away from undisclosed causes on March 24th, the family entrusted her body to DeKalb Funeral Services for cremation.
“They had heard the news about these unthinkable findings and thought, ‘Thank heaven we didn’t use that funeral home,'” Barnett said according to the New York Post.
“Her family tried to do the best for her, and she was stacked up like a piece of trash.”
The Rodriguez family is seeking unspecified damages from both funeral homes for the mishandling of remains, deceptive trade practices, and infliction of emotional distress.