Tate Funeral Home victims speak out after remains recovered in Akron

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 11:56 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2022 at 1:05 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Several relatives of those 90 cremated bodies that were found in Akron are speaking out after the shocking revelation.

“He was to be cremated and put in the grave with his nephew. Up until today, that’s what we believed,” says Geneva Blackshear, of her uncle Joseph. “It’s heartbreaking, you know. It’s crazy to think anyone would do anything like that.”

Timbalina Minor’s father Timothy was on the list.

“We had been asking Tate for my dad’s remains for a while. And then we kept getting pushed over to the side, he kept saying ‘Somebody came and picked his ashes up. Somebody came and picked his ashes up.’ But we never knew who picked his ashes up,” Minor said.

“And then when the first initial investigation started, we didn’t think anything of it. ... Until today, when we seen it on Facebook and had pictures sent to us. Sure enough, it was him, his name is on the list.”

Quentorria Snowden’s daughter Keondra Hooks’ name was on the list.

“Getting a call, finding out I may not have her remains is like the tragedy is happening again, and I’m preparing for her funeral all over again,” she said. “You should be able to trust someone with something so serious. There are no words to explain how I feel right now. I’m back at point a with the situation. It’s like going through the tragedy all over again.”

You can find a list of the identified remains below. If your loved one’s name was included in that list, call the Ohio Attorney General Office’s at 800-282-0515.

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