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After mausoleum’s desecration, family wants its $3.2 million back

Friday, June 15, 2012

What do you do when you spend $3.2 million on a mausoleum to house your loved one’s ashes and then someone breaks in and steals the urn? The family of early dot-com entrepreneur Thomas Gonzalez III, who died in 2001 at age 36, wants its money back and is suing the cemetery’s owner. They say Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette (home to the mausoleum with its own rooftop view of Mount Diablo) was negligent providing security.

Add: The family tells the Contra Costa Times that after they first expressed their intent to walk away from the mausoleum last year, Oakmont’s corporate office suggested that a solution might be to try and sell it to the family of the late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. That didn’t happen.

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