Calif. mortuary will pay for crushed boy's burial

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Posted: Dec 10, 2009 3:02 PM

A Northern California mortuary has offered to cover the funeral costs for a 5-year-old Modesto boy crushed by furniture as his family moved out of their foreclosed house.

Spokesman John Short with Lakewood Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Hughson said the mortuary will cover the $7,500 in funeral and burial expenses.

He said the staff was saddened that the family had suffered an "immeasurably painful" tragedy while also losing their home.

A friend of the family of Robert Edward Martinez said $800 in donations will pay for flowers and the casket.

The boy was killed earlier this week trying to stop a cabinet from falling in the garage, where the family staged furniture before loading it onto a truck.

The funeral is Friday.

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Information from: The Modesto Bee.