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Iraq vet's family considering gravestone options

US family of Iraq war veteran whose SpongeBob gravestone was removed considering options

In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, photo provided by the family of Kimberly Walker,  shows Walker's gravestone in the likeness of popular cartoon charac...

SpongeBob Gravestone Removed

In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, photo provided by the family of Kimberly Walker, shows Walker's gravestone in the likeness of popular cartoon charac...

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Officials at a cemetery that removed a slain Iraq war veteran's towering cartoon character headstone say the woman's family is considering alternate solutions.

The two sides met Tuesday, and cemetery President Gary Freytag says Kimberly Walker's family members reiterated their desire to restore the SpongeBob SquarePants headstone but are considering other options.

Freytag says that could include a more traditional headstone bearing the character's likeness. He says the massive headstone featuring a smiling SpongeBob in an Army uniform will not be reinstalled.

Walker's family says they spent $13,000 on the headstone and got copyright and cemetery approval for what they call the only fitting tribute for the huge SpongeBob fan.

Freytag says the employee who originally approved the headstone made a mistake.

Walker was killed in Colorado earlier this year.