Remains of bombing victims returned to family

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A long-awaited consciousness of closure much than 3 decades aft 1 of the darkest moments successful Philadelphia history. The remains of 2 children killed erstwhile the metropolis bombed the MOVE compound successful 1985 person yet been cremated astatine an East Mount Airy cemetery.

This comes aft a agelong and achy saga for the surviving family.

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Lionell Dotson was affectional successful the moments earlier helium received his 2 sisters’ remains, and promises to springiness them a due burial.

“It’s a tragic infinitesimal but besides a bittersweet moment,” Dotson said.

Dotson says 37 years aft his 2 sisters were killed successful the bombing of MOVE, helium has present yet retrieved portions of their remains from the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.

“It’s gonna beryllium a joyous occasion. I’m a small hysterical close present due to the fact that it’s each surreal,” Dotson said.

Katricia and Zanetta Dotson were conscionable 12 and 14 years aged erstwhile they were killed successful the bombing of MOVE successful 1985. Dotson showed his T-shirt that has photos of his 2 sisters. The garment besides reads: “The metropolis of Philadelphia took them from me.”

Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office To Release Remains Of 2 Victims Of 1985 MOVE Bombing

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Although Philly’s aesculapian examiner was nether antithetic enactment astatine the clip of the bombing, the city’s aesculapian examiner apologized to Dotson Wednesday.

“She came retired connected her ain accord and said I’m atrocious for your nonaccomplishment and gave maine a sincere heartfelt apology. And I admit it and I judge it,” Dotson said.

The apology comes aft it was revealed past twelvemonth that the remains of the 2 girls were being held astatine the Medical Examiner’s Office and Penn Museum for years.

A report released successful June recommends the Medical Examiner’s Office should amend the decease certificates of each 11 MOVE victims to bespeak that their manners of decease were homicides, not accidents.

The Medical Examiner’s Office says it volition marque the change.

“They yet coming disconnected the shelf. They ne'er should person been stored connected a dark, damp support successful the archetypal spot for 37 years. I yet get to instrumentality them distant from the metropolis that helped termination them,” Dotson said.

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After retrieving his sisters’ remains, Dotson had them cremated astatine Ivy Hill Cemetery successful the city’s East Mount Airy neighborhood. He says aft the cremation, helium plans to alert backmost location to North Carolina to springiness his sisters a due burial.

Matt Petrillo

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