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5 Jonestown Victims Buried in California

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Thirty-eight cremated remains, including nine belonging to Jonestown massacre victims, were found in August at the Minus Funeral Home at 222 N. Queen St. in Dover, Del. (Photo: WBOC) Thirty-eight cremated remains, including nine belonging to Jonestown massacre victims, were found in August at the Minus Funeral Home at 222 N. Queen St. in Dover, Del. (Photo: WBOC)
The front of the Minus Funeral Home at 222 N. Queen St. in Dover. (Photo: WBOC) The front of the Minus Funeral Home at 222 N. Queen St. in Dover. (Photo: WBOC)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP/WBOC) - Five victims of the 1978 mass suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, have been laid to rest in Oakland, California, after their cremated remains were discovered inside an abandoned funeral home in Delaware.
    
The Oakland Tribune reported that the remains were buried on Monday in a grave where more than 400 other unclaimed or unidentified Jonestown victims are interred.
    
The ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery was organized by the son of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple leader who took his followers to Guyana before ordering them to drink cyanide-laced grape punch. More than 900 people died.
    
The five people buried Monday were among nine Jonestown victims whose remains were discovered over the summer inside a shuttered building on North Queen Street in Dover, Delaware, that formerly housed the Minus Funeral Home.

The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security Division of Forensic Science have been working diligently to identify the cremated remains.

The DFS said that in August it responded to a request to check the former Minus Funeral Home on North Queen Street after 38 small containers of cremated remains were discovered inside the building. DFS said these marked containers of remains span a period from approximately 1970 through the 1990s. Nine of these were identified as victims of the massacre.

Jones ran the Peoples Temple in San Francisco in the early 1970s. He established a free health clinic and a drug rehabilitation program, eventually emerging as a political force. He became chairman of the San Francisco Housing Authority in 1976. But allegations of wrongdoing mounted, and Jones moved the settlement to Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America. The cult leader believed he would be safe there from what he perceived as media and police persecution. Hundreds of followers moved to Jonestown, seeking socialism and racial harmony.


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