New lawsuit filed against Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A new lawsuit has been filed against Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose.

This comes more than a year and a half after the funeral home was shut down by the FBI after allegedly doubling as a body broker; buying and selling deceased loved ones without permission.

Grand Junction based attorneys Kilian, Davis, Richter, & Mayle, PC filed the new lawsuit Friday evening, which they say went through Monday.

It’s on behalf of 33 victims sharing their complaints against the funeral home.

"The law firm has been here in the Grand Valley and has represented clients for Montrose, Delta, Grand Junction, and other areas for a number of years so when this issue came up we obviously wanted to do what we could to make a contribution to the local community,” said Keith Killian, Attorney for Kilian, Davis, Richter, & Mayle, PC.

The more than 50 page document outlines what each of these victims experienced and outlines their complaints against Sunset Mesa.

“Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Jews, and other cultures such as the Vikings, and indigenous Americans have always treated the deceased with dignity and respect I think the question these cases present is whether the cultural norms of the past will be followed by Americans today,” said Killian.

The next step will be an answer from the defendants and then there may be motions filed and rulings by the court.

“I think that this has been a difficult situation for the community the lawsuit has importance to the community and we intend to do our best to represent our clients,” said Killian.

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