GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — The mother of Zachariah Boose, a 21-year-old who was murdered last week, says she is angry tonight because she hasn’t been able to view her son’s body a week after he was killed.
Police arrested and charged David Tatum and Atlas Watson for Boose’s murder. They say Boose was shot last Thursday on Lime Kiln Road in Green Bay because of an ongoing dispute.
Boose’s mother, Ursula Anderson, traveled to Green Bay from Detroit to see her son, but says she’s been getting the runaround from the Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“It wouldn’t be fair to anybody,” Anderson said. “It’s not fair to a dog.”
The medical examiner’s office says they don’t have the proper facilities to let Anderson view her son’s body.
“I thought it would be something automatic – come, view him, make arrangements for him to be flown back and that’s it,” Anderson says.
Anderson would need her son to be transferred to an area funeral home for her to see him. She’s called around to several funeral homes, but says not one will take her son without payment; a cost she says is roughly $1,600 to $1,700. That’s because the funeral home will embalm her son and prepare him to be shipped to Detroit.
Anderson says she doesn’t have the money.
“She just wants to lay hands on him, to hug him, to kiss him, to say her goodbyes,” says Boose’s mentor DeRon Hardin.
“Why do I have to pay to see my son before I can even make arrangements to have him flown back?” Anderson asked.
So without the money to have Boose sent to an area funeral home, Anderson will board a Greyhound bus back to Detroit Friday having not seen her son since his death, and likely won’t see him until he’s returned home to Michigan.
“But, I don’t want to leave Wisconsin without seeing my son,” Anderson told Action 2 News.
The Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office didn’t want to speak on camera or provide a statement, only telling us via phone what their policy was and that they’re ready to release Boose’s body to a funeral home.
As the family finds a way to get Zachariah back home, the family has created a GoFundMe page to help their cause.