Bakersfield woman upset over Easter party at cemetery

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield woman is upset about an Easter Sunday party at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary.

The woman who doesn't want to be identified for fear of retaliation told 23ABC there was a party behind the Mausoleum not far from where her mother is buried.

"There were at least 30 people and kids having a BBQ . I could hear people singing happy birthday and they were just using that area as a park. At one point there were even kids having an Easter egg hunt," said Lisa.

"Lisa" also told 23ABC there was also loud offensive music and it disturbed what was supposed to be a special moment to grieve and remember a loved one.

"We have parties on Easter. We go to the park. This was just so inappropriate. There was no care about what other people were doing there," said Lisa.

"Lisa" told 23ABC she approached a security officer, but nothing was done about it.

"He was like a deer in headlights. He said he had never seen this before, I don't know if Hillcrest has been the one to okay this. All I can say is I'm trying to reach my supervisors and keep getting voicemails."

Lisa Marshall, Spokesperson for Hillcrest and Managing Director at Corporate Communications Service Corporation International released a statement about the incident to 23ABC.

"We are very sorry any family has an experience in our cemetery that is not what they experienced it to be. We are actively investigating this situation now that it has been brought to our attention. We would ask that at any time anyone visiting our cemetery sees or experiences something they'd like to report, that they visit us at the cemetery office so we can act immediately. We appreciate that the family has brought this to our attention and hope to resolve everything soon."

"Lisa" told 23ABC she wants the cemetery to take action soon so no one else will have to experience what she did.

"I've never heard of this happening at any other cemetery, and if you have a security guard who was absolutely surprised and a bunch of people just appalled, that is every reason for Hillcrest cemetery to take action on this.

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