The mourners, along with county employees and members of the media, formed an oval around the gravesite.
A violinist from the Los Angeles Philharmonic played "Méditation" from "Thaïs" by Jules Massenet. A yellow butterfly dipped in and out as brakes whined on the street below. A Gold Line train chimed every five minutes or so.
But the crowd of more than 150 that gathered at the Los Angeles County Cemetery in Boyle Heights remained mostly quiet while paying their respects to the unclaimed dead.
The county has been holding such annual ceremonies since the late 1800s. This week, the remains of 1,379...