Dead Boxer’s Family Poses With Body Propped Up in Boxing Ring-Style Vigil
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Christopher Rivera, 23, was a Puerto Rican boxer whose life was taken prematurely after he was shot to death last week. His family honored his dying wish by memorializing their loved one by propping up his dead body in the corner of a fake ring. No, you did not misread that last sentence.
Rivera’s family held his wake at the community recreation center within the public housing project where he resided in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Reminiscent of a wax figure, they stood Christopher Rivera’s lifeless, embalmed body in the corner of a makeshift ring with him decked out in full boxing garb. Rivera had on his boxing gloves, a hoodie, shades and sneakers.
I guess Rivera’s family wanted to remember their loved one as was and was happiest. Mourners took cellphone pictures of the pugilists’ corpse and some even posed with Rivera pointing to him or mimicking his stance. A single white candle was placed in the center of the ring.
As strange of a wake the Rivera’s had for Christopher, it is not the first unusual vigil set up by Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the funeral home that staged the wake. In 2010, the same funeral home staged a vigil for David Morales Colon. Instead of having a traditional casket viewing, Colon’s body was dressed in his riding gear, sunglasses and placed in a lifelike riding position atop a Honda CBR600 F4.
I guess this is going to grow to be a “regular” wake. Could you imagine a “wake” for someone who loved to play his XBox? The deceased propped up in a video game chair with microphone headset as he plays the latest installment of Grand Theft Auto. Or how about a wake for someone who loved to cook? Or dance?
Note to family: When I go, a regular casket will do. Thank You.
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