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One Last Picture? Murdered Puerto-Rican Boxer, 23, Is Propped Up In The Ring At His Wake

Lidianette Carmona, right, the wife of the late boxer Christopher Rivera who was shot to death on Sunday, left, hugs the boxer's mother Celines Amaro, as they stand next to his body during his wake at the community recreation center within the public housing project where he lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday

Lidianette Carmona, right, the wife of the late boxer Christopher Rivera who was shot to death on Sunday, left, hugs the boxer's mother Celines Amaro, as they stand next to his body during his wake at the community recreation center within the public housing project where he lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday

Christopher Rivera Amaro almost looked ready to box, leaning against the corner of a simulated ring, but it was just his corpse.

Hundreds of mourners who came to his wake in San Juan on Friday found him posed afoot, a yellow hood on his head, sunglasses glasses over his eyes and blue boxing gloves on his hands.

The canvas of the floor was red and white in honor of the Puerto Rican flag.

 
The pair posed with Rivera's son Julio Christopher alongside the body which stood propped up in a fake boxing ring during. Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin funeral home, explained that Rivera had asked his family that if he died, he wanted his funeral to make reference to his boxing career

The pair posed with Rivera's son Julio Christopher alongside the body which stood propped up in a fake boxing ring during. Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin funeral home, explained that Rivera had asked his family that if he died, he wanted his funeral to make reference to his boxing career

Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin Funeral Home, said Rivera's family wanted to stress his boxing. 

 

The funeral home suggested posing him in a ring.


The makeshift ring was set up in a community center of a public housing complex. Rodriguez told The Associated Press it took them several hours to create the scene.

His family want him to be remembered as a fighter

His family want him to be remembered as a fighter

The funeral home has staged similar wakes for others. One featured a deceased man riding his motorcycle. 

Another featured a man sitting smoking a cigar.

The 23-year-old Rivera had a 5-15 record and one draw in the 130-pound weight class. 

Police said he was shot dead in the early hours Sunday in the city of Santurce. No one has been arrested.

He is survived by a wife and son, as well as his mother.




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Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on February 3, 2014 at 9:15am
I mean I am sorry for there loss but he was 5-15 !!!! IDK I think this is a little extreme!!!!
Comment by Deshawn Thomas on February 3, 2014 at 2:42am
i have no love for thoses out destroy
people dreams dedicated there goals
why must people sabotage take away
others happiness enjoy not to have
im sick tired hearing the good people
end up get shot by an gun kill them
who would be heartless take the life
good talented boxer in puerto rico
Comment by Deshawn Thomas on February 3, 2014 at 2:28am
i would not put nothing pass living
public housing projects is real bad
can,t trust nobody you even know
not even your close best friends
set you up off envy of real jealousy
this guy told me gotta be careful
who the person talk to discuss
about your plan for your dreams
they will start trying to get revenge
doing something to you put an end
take your happiness away from you
nobody want to see anybody happy
Comment by Lyne on February 3, 2014 at 12:44am
Help me out people»»Now, WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD I WANT TO TAKE A PIC W/a DEAD BODY!¿?¡! uh.....I think I will just hold on tight to the pics when he was living...Let the dead BE...tring to holf on to flesh....CREEpY
Comment by Yahzequel Ben Israel on February 2, 2014 at 6:28pm

Don't  celebrate the dead its a bomb in the nation  thus said the most high bunch of ignorant wicked people bringing down curses on them selves the dead now burying the dead.smh

Comment by caribbeanrose on February 2, 2014 at 6:01pm

Funerals are about the celebration of ones life

Comment by caribbeanrose on February 2, 2014 at 6:00pm

It must cost a lot of money to have a funeral like this

 

Comment by vaughn mitchell on February 2, 2014 at 5:05pm

thats crazy

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on February 2, 2014 at 2:41pm

The mark of a Ghanian funeral R.I.P

Comment by S. Young on February 2, 2014 at 2:13pm

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