A very unique headstone in Champion is causing some controversy.

While some consider the statue "offensive," the mother of the young man buried at Champion Township Cemetery says it's a tribute her son would have liked.

23 year-old Trevor Zuniga lost his long battle with muscular dystrophy in January. Zuniga was buried next to his grandfather and as a headstone his family placed a large statue of Bigfoot.

"It was just like so perfect, you couldn't have found anything more perfect for Trevor," said Trevor's Mother, Kathy Zuniga. "That was just one of the things he liked, he enjoyed a lot, like he has lots of different Bigfoot things in his room."

But, a few days ago when his grandmother went to visit, Bigfoot was gone.

"We didn't know anything that happened. She thought someone stole it," said Zuniga.

The family later learned the township had removed the statue after complaints that Sasquatch was offensive.

Township Trustees say they had allowed the statue to remain at the plot temporarily but, had told an extended member of the family it would need approval from the cemetery sexton. 

But, after several complaints the family member was notified that Bigfoot would have to go.

"I have no doubt about it that Trevor is in heaven but, it was just something that I could touch. You know, something you could touch and see and talk to that wasn't just a square stone. It was more like him," said Zuniga.

Cemetery rules posted on the township's website, have specific regulations for the foundation of each grave site although they make no mention of the headstones themselves. 

Trustees point out that cemetery rules also require families to contact the sexton for approval before a foundation or headstone can be set.

Trevor's mother says she is willing to comply and make any changes necessary to bring Bigfoot back and honor Trevor in a way he would have liked.

Trevor's mother says because of her son's medical condition the family was not able to get life insurance. 

A pasta Dinner is scheduled for May 1st to help off set funeral expenses. 

Zuniga says that would include getting a foundation needed for any headstone and, if Bigfoot is able to be returned, a plaque with Trevor's name.

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

May 1st, 2016
2:00- 6:00 p.m.

The Youngstown Maennerchor
831 Mahoning Ave. 
Youngstown, Ohio 44502

  • Adults $10
  • Children $6
  • Carry Out Available
  • Cash Bar
  • Chinese Auction and 50/50 Raffle -- winner need not be present
  • Tickets will be sold at the door.