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Headstone Repossessed Because of Unpaid Bill

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SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) -- The headstone of a teenager killed in a car wreck was removed for weeks after a $750 bill went unpaid.

"That's just business," said Linda Anderson of Memorial Art Monument. "If we give every stone to everybody, we'd be out of business. They'd repossess your car if you didn't make payments."

Brady Conger, 17, and two friends died when their sports car smashed into a sport utility vehicle. The anniversary of the crash is Thursday.

The boy's parents are divorced. Memorial Art said bills sent to a certain address were returned, and the business couldn't reach Brady's mother, who apparently had agreed last year to pay the balance.

"The end result was that there was absolutely no one who I could talk to about this," owner Mike Anderson said.

The headstone will be installed again this week at a Springville cemetery after Brady's classmates raised money to pay the bill.

"I was really surprised," father Rory Conger said of the repossession. "This is the lowest thing I've ever heard anybody doing in my life."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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