The following excerpt is from the October 22, 2013 / Associated Press

Oct. 10, 2013: This photo provided by the family of Kimberly Walker, shows Walker's gravestone in the likeness of popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. (AP)

This photo provided by the family of Kimberly Walker, shows Walker’s gravestone in the likeness of popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. (AP)

Cincinnati – An Iraq War veteran’s towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone has been removed from her final resting place because officials at the historic Cincinnati cemetery deemed it inappropriate for their traditional grounds.

The headstone of Kimberly Walker, 28, was made in the likeness of her favorite cartoon character and erected at Spring Grove Cemetery on Oct. 10, almost eight months after she was found slain in a Colorado hotel room.

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