Family says school sports teams shouldn't use cemetery for practice

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A family in New Mexico whose son is buried in the town cemetery is upset that school sports teams are allowed to use the grounds for practice.

Eugina Ramirez told KOB that twice a day, she visits the grave of her 24-year-old son who died three years ago. Ramirez said the sound of whistles and yelling from St. Mary's Catholic School's track and soccer practices on the path surrounding the cemetery is disruptive.

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The Ramirez family voiced their concerns to the parish of Our Lady of Belen Cemetery, but said the church's response was "disheartening," according to KOB.

According to a statement from Friar Clement Niggel, the paved path that the school uses for practice was installed 50 years ago and is open to the public, many who use it as a walking or jogging path. Niggel said the church would look deeper into the family's complaint, but expressed reluctance to close the cemetery path to all forms of exercise.