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This photo provided by the family of Kimberly Walker shows Walker's gravestone.

Iraq veteran's SpongeBob SquarePants gravestone removed

CINCINNATI – An Ohio cemetery says a slain Iraq war veteran's SpongeBob SquarePants headstone has no place on its historic grounds.

Kimberly Walker's headstone was made in the likeness of the popular cartoon character and erected at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati on Oct. 10. Her family says they were told to remove it the next day even though the cemetery previously approved the design.

The family says they're beyond distraught and that the headstone was perfect for Walker, who loved SpongeBob. She was killed in Colorado earlier this year, allegedly by her boyfriend.

Spring Grove President Gary Freytag said the headstone was approved by an employee who made "an error in judgment" and that it just doesn't fit in with the character of the historic and picturesque cemetery.

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