cemetery

Religion
5:18 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

How Muslims Wash, Bury Their Dead

A sheet is wrapped around a female dummy to demonstrate the washing and shrouding process for a Muslim burial at the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

When a loved one dies, most of us turn to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In the Islamic tradition, it’s different. Family members often help wash and bury their bodies within 24 hours. But first, you have to learn how to do it.

WFAE's Tasnim Shamma attended a body-washing class and filed this report. 

Welcome to the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte’s washing room.

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Crime
5:24 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Teen Charged In Vandalism Of Tombstones

Afdal Azam Ali Leach, 19, pushed over more than 80 tombstones in Oakwood Cemetery in Concord, causing more than $25,000 in damage.
Credit Concord Police Department

City workers in Concord say they were really creeped out on Thursday morning.

At 11:30, a city employee who helps care for the Oakwood cemetery noticed something really strange. A teenager was pushing over tombstones in the furthest section of the 44-acre cemetery. The employee immediately called police.

David Ratchford is the city of Concord's director of building and grounds. He looks after Oakwood, which is one of the city's four cemeteries.

"This is just shocking, we've never had this level of vandalism," Ratchford says.

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