Most bizarre funeral ever? Murdered man sits upright with eyes open, cigarette in hand at funeral
Published 12/03/2016 | 17:29
A man who was killed earlier this month was laid to rest in a bizarre new funeral trend.
Fernando de Jesus Diaz Beato (26) was shot up to 15 times in Villa Carolina, Puerto Rico on March 3.
His family, determined to remember him "just as he was in real life" ditched the coffin and instead had Diaz Beato sitting upright with his eyes open at his own funeral.
Diaz Beato sat with his legs crossed, his eyes open and with a cigarette between his fingers.
"Everybody is really surprised because seeing him like that is like seeing him as if he were alive," one of the murder victim’s sisters said in a Live Leak video.
Another sister said: "We decided to embalm him like this because he was a very happy person, very active and we want to remember him as he was."
Owner of the funeral home Damaris Marin said they received an "impressive reaction".
"This time is different because he is seated with his legs crossed but, this is the first dead man in history with his eyes open," he said.
"We have seen that the families wish to see the dead men just as they were when they were alive.
"We gave [the family] a surprise by leaving the eyes of the dead man open.
"I think that this time was the most impressive reaction to any of the work we have done."