Black-owned funeral home left bodies to rot

Johnson Family Funeral Home
The landlord discovered the decomposing bodies of six women and two infants

A grisly discovery was made at the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth, Texas. Because of failure to pay rent since March of this year, the landlord evicted the tenants. When he and his work crew entered the building, there was an overwhelming stench of decay. The landlord discovered the decomposing bodies of six women and two infants. Some of the bodies were on stretchers, caskets, and in one case, an infant’s body was found inside a plastic bag that had been stuffed into a container.

Derrick and Dondre Johnson
Derrick and Dondre Johnson

The funeral home was run by twin brothers Derrick and Dondre Johnson. The brothers are now facing possible felony charges of abuse of corpses. There have been no arrests made so far regarding the alleged crimes, however Dondre Johnson was arrested on child support charges. Neither brother is a licensed funeral home director or embalme,r and according to the Texas Funeral Commission nor were they eligible. Apparently, the brothers operated another funeral home called D&D Mortuary Service whose license was revoked in 2010.

Surprisingly, Dondre Johnson says the business did nothing wrong. He is quoted as telling local NBC media outlet that it was “Business as usual, until our landlord came today and said he wanted to put us out.”

The funeral home license is now held by Rachel Johnson, Dondre’s wife, who can still operate the business. Johnson’s wife told the grieving and enraged family members of Victoria Vasquez, “Yes, we may have dropped the ball. But we have not neglected members of your family. We have not neglected anybody at Johnson Family Mortuary.”

Vasquez’s body was found rotting at the funeral home more than a month after the family thought she had been cremated.

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