The family of a young Puerto Rican arranged for his corpse to be preserved and propped up in a mock boxing ring last week, fulfilling his last wish.
Christopher Rivera was just 23 when he was shot dead. He asked that his boxing career be remembered, so his wife and mother arranged for his wake to be held in the local community recreation centre,where a makeshift boxing ring was erected and Rivera’s body placed as though ready to fight. What you might call a living wake.
It was reported the friends and family posed with the body, taking snaps on their mobile phones. A bit different from our British reluctance even to take photographs of funeral proceedings. Perhaps we will come to follow this less formal approach to death?
See New York Post