This afternoon, Erie County paid tribute to men and women, who passed away but had no family to claim them. This year there has been a total of 48 unclaimed deaths, breaking a new record; almost double the amount of victims added to the list of unclaimed deaths in comparison to 2017's ceremony.

Every two years volunteers come together at Old Almshouse Cemetery to pray and spread the ashes of the victims


, while rejoicing in the lives they once lived. Each person’s name is etched on a small plaque on the memorial wall serving as an emblem of their memory.

Community members say this is their due diligence to honor those who did not have the chance to receive a proper burial because everyone's life has meaning.