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Remains of ValuJet victims to be buried

The unidentified remains of the ValuJet crash victims will be buried next week in a common grave marked with a bronze plaque listing the names of everyone killed.

All 110 people on board Flight 592 died when the jetliner crashed in the Everglades on May 11. Only 57 bodies have been identified. The Dade County medical examiner's office is turning those remains over to families for burial. Fifty-three caskets will be placed in the common grave _ one for each victim whose remains were never identified.

"The best thing the airline can do at this time is show our respect for the families who lost loved ones on the flight, and we're trying to do so in a dignified and sensitive manner," ValuJet spokesman Gregg Kenyon said.

ValuJet will pay for the funeral, including the travel costs of relatives who want to attend. There will be a memorial service Tuesday near the crash site, and the funeral and burial will be Wednesday at Woodlawn Park Cemetery South.

Marking the plot will be a bronze plaque that reads, "In loving memory of our family and friends who perished on May 11, 1996," and listing the 110 names.

It was unclear Thursday if another memorial will be built at the crash site, as ValuJet and the state discussed last month.

County coroners will keep trying to identify remains using photos and information from families such as dental records.

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