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Texas cemetery worker buried alive after grave stone falls on top of him

By Mason White 12:04 PM November 12, 2013
The scene of the incident 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A cemetery worker is dead after a grave stone fell on top of him, according to emergency workers in Texas.

Edinburg Police said that they are still investigating the death of a worker, who was crushed in a cemetery on Wednesday morning, under a 2,000 pounds 5 foot tall stone.

Police rushed to Hillcrest Cemetery at 9:05 a.m. near the intersection of Schunior Road and Interstate 281 69C/Expressway and found the body of a 64-year-old, who had been crushed by a stone monument that fell on top of him.

“As in all cases where a person does not die of natural causes the death is being investigated as a homicide until proven otherwise,” a police spokesperson said.

“We are waiting for autopsy results and the results of the investigation, but it appears that the death was an accident,” the spokesperson added.

Federal authorities will be conducting their own investigation, police said.

The worker was identified as Guadalupe “Lupe” Mendoza of San Juan.

Mendoza seemed to have been trying to level the 2,000 pounds tombstone, which was more than 5 feet tall, when it toppled over.

Two people, who were visiting a nearby tomb found the body of Mendoza, and called for help.