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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For years there have been complaints about the upkeep of Calvary Cemetery in Wilmington.

Today a group of people who have loved ones buried there banded together to show their frustrations and demand change.

It was an emotional start to the day. About a half dozen folks who have loved ones buried at Calvary Cemetary came to give the owner a piece of their mind.

“You won’t even allow me to even speak to you guys,” owner Jack Krupicka said to them.

“We have allowed you how many years, sir?” one person responded.

They demanded he take better care of the grounds after they say he’s neglected them for years.

Sharron Cain said good bye to her son 19 years ago.

“To this day, it is still traumatic,” Cain said. “I always question why.”

And she questions why Krupicka cannot keep up with the overgrowth, the trash and broken tree limbs on the property.

“I wonder if I am going to get bit by a snake,” Cain said. “At least if the owner cuts the grass I can see what’s in front of me, beside me or behind me.”

She is not the only person outraged. Some say the peacefulness a final resting place is supposed to symbolize has been taken away.

“The focus is on the conditions of the cemetery,” said Glenda DeBose, whose brother and father are buried in the cemetery. “The weeds are so high, they’re up to my waist in some areas.”

After Krupicka saw their heavy hearts and tears in their eyes, the group finally got the answer they’ve been wanting for years.

“He said personally, he asked us to forgive him,” DeBose said. “He’s asked us to be given a chance to make it work, and I am going to give him that chance.”

Krupicka said he did no want to go on camera, because there is no excuse for the conditions of the grounds, but he told the families today he would do better with the upkeep.

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