Grave dancer was trying to win Rock Jam tickets
A Clifton man under criminal investigation for alleged antics at a Grand Junction cemetery said he was filmed on top of an empty vault, not a casket with a body in it.
The performance was approved by a superior and filmed by a colleague, 27-year-old Christopher Redd said Thursday.
Redd said it was a botched attempt to win tickets in a lip-sync contest for this weekend’s Rock Jam festival. He didn’t win the tickets and explained he couldn’t compete because he was unable to fulfill a contest requirement of posting the video to Youtube.com.
“It was an empty concrete vault, and it was done before the (funeral) service was,” Redd said, adding he was fired Tuesday from his position digging graves at Memorial Gardens, 2970 North Ave.
A report, which was filed with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department on July 27 by relatives of a woman who was buried at the cemetery July 23, suggested Redd’s video was filmed after the woman’s funeral service on July 23. Not true, Redd said.
Redd said a time and date stamp on the video, which was recorded on his cell phone, shows it was recorded July 22.
The Sheriff’s Department report said Redd worked at the cemetery through a temporary employment agency.
Deputies were provided with printed pages from Redd’s Facebook page along with photos and a video, which showed him standing on what appeared to a deputy to be a casket, and Redd was using a shovel to simulate a guitar.
The Sheriff’s Department on Thursday said an investigation remains active, and possible charges include desecration of venerated objects, a misdemeanor.
As of Thursday morning, Redd said no one from the Sheriff’s Department had contacted him about the matter.