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Shedding new light on Spanish poet's death

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Shedding new light on Spanish poet's death


The mystery over the final resting place of the celebrated Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca could soon be solved.

The family of the poet, believed to have been executed during the civil war in the 1930s, has decided not to oppose a judge’s order to exhume a mass grave where the remains are thought to have been dumped.

Lorca’s niece, Laura Garcia Lorca, says no one in the family ever felt the need to disturb the valley in Granada where the mass graves of scores of people are thought to be located.

She says the family always preferred to leave the site alone, out of respect for other victims of the war.

However, it now says it will not block legal efforts by the relatives of two other men who want the grave opened. It is thought their bodies were dumped alongside Lorca, and their families want to give them proper burials.

Historian and Lorca expert Ian Gibson said: “No one’s demanding that we exhume the remains. The remains could stay there. But we do want to know if the poet is buried there or not.”

Lorca, who was open about his homosexuality, was believed to have been shot by Franco supporters at the start of the civil war.

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