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Uninvited Family Member at Mom’s Funeral Mows Down Sister, Tips Casket, and Floods Grave Site


Police said at least one guest brought a stun gun to the service, in apparent anticipation of family drama.

Updated Aug. 10, 2022 12:57PM ET / Published Aug. 10, 2022 10:57AM ET 

A funeral meant to celebrate the life of an elderly woman in Northern California turned into comical mayhem after an uninvited family member stormed the service, ran over guests with a car, tipped over the casket, and struck a water main.

The extraordinary sendoff happened at the Contra Costa County cemetery inside Richmond’s Rolling Hills Memorial Park on Saturday, but was not, apparently, entirely unanticipated.

“A family member brought a stun gun to the services because of longstanding family issues,” Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy of the Richmond Police Department, told reporters after things calmed down.

The uninvited guest, thought to be a brother of the daughter of the dead matriarch, reportedly started a fight with his sister, whose boyfriend then intervened. The uninvitee, who has not been publicly named, then got into his car and tried to strike his sister with it, but instead somehow hit another relative. That woman suffered injuries and was treated and released at a nearby hospital.

“One of the family members tried to run over his sister with the vehicle,” said Pomeroy. “He gets into an argument with his sister, The sister’s boyfriend comes to the rescue. [The suspect] gets into a fight with the sister’s boyfriend and punches him. At some point, [the suspect] goes back to his vehicle and gets in it.”

During the moving-car component of the proceedings, several tombstones were damaged and the matriarch’s casket fell off its stand, according to several press reports. Shortly after the casket went for a ride, the car hit a water main, which led to a strong burst of water that flooded the area, including the still-empty grave where the casket was supposed to be buried.

Police say the man caused around $20,000 in damage to the cemetery. “He drove over some headstones, damaged some headstones, severed a water main, caused flooding in the area before they could shut the water off,” Pomeroy added, according to Mercury News.

The director of the Rolling Hills park told Mercury News that the “bizarre incident” in no way reflects the standard operating procedure of the cemetery.

“Do not worry at all, your loved ones interned here are very safe and our staff is here to assist any of the families,” Kamilah Thompson told NBC Bay Area News, adding that the cemetery would pick up the cost to replace the damaged tombs.

The unruly uninvited guest faces a number of criminal charges. It is not known if the matriarch has yet been interred. Thanksgiving dinner, however, will surely be interesting.

"Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can be sometimes easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love." Fred Rogers  


  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 12,781 AG
    I’ve seen a few family feuds during funeral services but nothing like that.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 22,665 Moderator
    I can feel the love.

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 16,579 AG
    Yup. I can totally believe this scenario. My wifes siblings had to be trespassed from their parents house after threatening her with bodily harm because she is the trustee and they think its not fair and wah wah wah.   Whatever.  Its almost over.  And they can get their payouts and go…….anywhoo.  Lifes gonna be good in a few short months. 
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 12,981 AG
    Like soda said
    I'll bet there is money involved.
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 22,665 Moderator
    Money or drugs enhancing the pseudo grief.

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 11,024 AG
    For anything over 10 Grand I'd be stalking the Funeral too..
    I got a sister like that.
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • 4WARD4WARD Cross Creek,FLPosts: 2,848 Captain
    The brother of the daughter?
    "I hate graveyards and old pawn shops
    For they always bring me tears
    I can't forgive the way they rob me
    Of my childhood souvenirs"... John Prine
  • lilwoodylilwoody BuladeanPosts: 1,583 Captain
    4WARD said:
    The brother of the daughter?
    Yea, doesn't that make him either the son or stepson of the deceased?
    "Those who will trade freedom for security will have neither".
  • lilwoodylilwoody BuladeanPosts: 1,583 Captain
    As for money being the issue I would wager that so. After my MIL passed the mess she left to my wife and her crazy @ zz sister took 20k of our money to straighten out. Their relationship is PERMANENTLY destroyed. 
    We set up a trust will explicit instructions that anything not listed is to be liquidated and funds distributed equally between our 4 sons.

    "Those who will trade freedom for security will have neither".
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