Family meets Champion administrators to go over Bigfoot statue

The statue was removed from a gravesite in Champion

A statue of Bigfoot was removed from a grave in Champion Township, Ohio.

CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) – The decision on whether to leave an unusual grave memorial in Champion continues Monday.

Last week, WKBN reported about a family who wants to keep a Bigfoot statue at their son’s grave in the township cemetery, and not everyone is happy about it.

A few members of the Zuniga family, Township Sexton Chris Connelly and Trustee Rex Fee all met at the administration building to talk one-on-one about what do next with the statue.

Both parties have come up with a compromise, but that compromise hasn’t been released yet.

“Both parties left feeling good about the proposition on the table, and until I have the chance to discuss it with my other two trustees, I feel I should hold back on what that proposition is,” Fee said.

Fee says that compromise should be finalized within the next few days.

The statue was placed next to the grave of Trevor Zuniga,  23, of Bristoville. According to an online tribute, Zuniga died January 28 due to complications from Muscular Dystrophy.

Trevor’s uncle bought the statue because his nephew was fond of the Bigfoot myth. Trevor’s mother Kathy Zuniga said she understands that Bigfoot is just a statue but it brought her comfort.

The statue was removed and now sits behind a township garage due to reported issues with a lack of footer on the statue.

A pasta dinner is being held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1 to help defray funeral expenses for Zuniga. The dinner is being held at The Youngstown Maennerchor, located at 831 Mahoning Avenue.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. They will be sold at the door.

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