A man's large shrine at a Kent cemetery has prompted complaints, a lawsuit


KENT -- For one local father, a simple headstone isn't enough to honor his fallen son, a navy veteran.

"I come here visit him every morning," Fred Molai says, standing in front of a shrine he has built at Standing Rock Cemetery.

It's a ritual Molai has repeated nearly everyday since losing his beloved son Adam.

He see his cemetery shrine as a loving tribute. But to others, it's too much - prompting complaints, and now a lawsuit.

Kissing the headstone and whispering heartfelt prayers, this is where he's able to find some peace under the weight of unbearable grief.

"I've been here 971 days in a row, and Adam has been gone 1045 days," Molai says. "I keep tab of it everyday because every day goes by I'm closer to him."

Navy petty officer Adam Molai passed away in a rafting accident in June 2011 at the tender age of 23.

The sudden loss prompted his father to first build a flower bed. But when he added Adam's pictures on posts last year, he began getting complaints.

"I have received a letter from them that they want me to lower the picture down," Molai says.

But Adam's father isn't backing down. Instead, he's taking his case to court.

"There is no height limit in standing rock, and I don't believe that I violated any rules," Molai explains. "I don't believe that I've done enough. There is no limit what you should do for your child. And the love that I got for Adam, it's so deep. And I really don't believe I've done enough for him."

While many empathize with Adam's father, some say there has to be limits on what people can do in shared spaces like this.

"My heart goes out to him it really does," says neighbor Richard Rericha. "If everybody did these huge displays like this you would not have any visibility for anything."

So whose right in this instance? Well that will soon be decided by a state board. Molai is expected to hear something back from them as early as next month.

"This is the way that I would like to keep it," Molai says.

The city of Kent who owns the cemetery says they cannot comment since this is an active case.

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