Mother Wants Cemetery Where Son Is Buried To Cancel Movie Night, Says It's Inappropriate

Bernie Tafoya
August 10, 2018 - 12:45 pm

Leyla Durmus


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Buffalo Grove woman is upset that a northwest suburban cemetery's plans to show a movie on its grounds this weekend. It’s the same cemetery where her son is buried. 

Leyla Durmus believes it’s inappropriate for Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights to be showing a movie on its grounds. 

"I don’t even have the words any more. I’m talking on deaf ears to them. They don’t care. They think it’s going to be fun. How can you have fun at a cemetery?" Durmus said.

The cemetery is scheduled to show Raiders of the Lost Ark on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.

"Have it somewhere else. I mean, there are plenty of parks in Arlington Heights where they can host this. Why do it at a cemetery?" she said.

Memory Gardens Cemetery/Facebook

Durmus said she visits the grave of her son Kaya Dikmenli every day at the cemetery. He died of an opioid overdose on Christmas Eve 2016 and was 21-years old.

Leyla Durmus hopes the cemetery movie night is rained out.

WBBM Newsradio has attempted to get a comment from Memory Gardens Cemetery.