by Nick Delgado
Guam - Senator Tony Ada is working on legislation that would extend the next of kin list for deceased individuals that have no immediate family to claim their body at the morgue. The recent death of 9-year-old Brandon Evangelista prompted the measure.
Brandon's grandmother, who lives in Las Vegas, is struggling to bury her grandson as the child's parents are both in jail. Ada says the law currently states that only immediate family can make a claim for their deceased loved one. Brandon died last week after he fell of the trunk of his mother's car and was allegedly run over by his godmother who was following in another vehicle.
Meanwhile, after KUAM's story Monday, at least one local funeral home has offered to help out with funeral arrangements.