Service held for 200 whose bodies went unclaimed

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of family members, clergy, funeral directors and others have gathered at a cemetery to pay their respects to 200 people whose bodies had gone unclaimed at a Detroit morgue.

The Rev. Louis Prues spoke at the interfaith memorial service Wednesday and called it "a day of closure."

The 40-minute service at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown Township was organized by a coalition consisting of The Jewish Fund, the Archdiocese of Detroit and area funeral homes. They came together to ensure the bodies are buried in individual graves.

The coalition says all 200 bodies that have been sitting in the Wayne County medical examiner's office will be laid to rest within 30 days.

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