Skip to comments.Family props up, poses with dead boxer
Posted on 02/01/2014 4:21:34 AM PST by Libloather
He refused to be knocked out, even in death.
The family of a Puerto Rican boxer who was shot to death last week honored his dying wish on Friday by propping up his corpse in the corner of a fake boxing ring to memorialize his career.
Like an ashen wax figure, Christopher Riveras pale, embalmed body was positioned in the corner of the ring decked out in boxing gloves, a hoodie, shades and sneakers.
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dont wanna see the pics, just sick
If you didn’ know the story .... family photos
Quite tastefully done. Worth a peek.
5-15 record in boxing?
He was not much of a boxer, more of a punching bag.
Was not much better as a gangster either, it would seem.
trainer: ayyyy he never touched you
boxer: well you better keep an eye of the ref cuz someone is kicking the dog snot out of me
Bet you can still place a wager on him.
I’m kinda wondering why the 23 yr old was gunned down.
they used to this all the time in late 19th/early 20th century. google carte de visite sometime. quite interesting practice in an era of little transportation, whiz-bang photography and long distances between family and friends.
With a 5-15 record the more proper way to “memorialize” his career would have been to leave him in a lying state on the mat.
I suppose they had no pictures of him actually fighting to use to memorialize his career? And with a 5 and 15 record, no wonder he wanted a made-up exit. The writer then goes to describe him being in a hoodie, oblivious to the fact that it is a part of a boxing robe and not just a hoodie.
He lived in the projects so one naturally goes to the question of what was he doing when he was shot? At no place in the article does it mention this or even hint at it.
What a bunch of self absorbed fools, but worse was why in the world would someone want to make it their dying wish to subject his family with this? If his “career” was their only way out of the projects it goes far more as an indictment on their acceptance of their way of life.
>>dont wanna see the pics, just sick
Its not sick. Dead relatives in one last family photo were quite common a century ago right here in the USA.
I read the headline, and thought this was a cute story about a beloved family pet..
“I can’t see, cut me Mick, cut me!”
Probably why all the hooplah at the time ... we gutt’a make him look good at least ONCE, Ma.
Great idea...I’m thinking either a Heisman pose or a Starwars theme for mine. Time to go change my Will.
Coulda been a contender.. if only he could fight, which he obviously lacked the skills to even survive.. He was used as a stooge, in life, and in this poor dudes death.. Sick freaks..
next they will prop him up in a voting booth to vote Democrat.
“...and in this coroner weighing...”
I understand that Jeremy Bentham is STILL wheeled into Council meetings, present, but not voting.
I was trying to think what I would want in this particular genre. hmmm can’t think of anything. We did have a friend who was buried in his bicycle outfit, spandex etc. and his helmet and gloves. But he wasn’t perched on his bike at the wake. I’ll ask Mr. Mercat if he wants that.
Well his ring name WAS “Canvasback Carmona” !
It could offer just about any pose...gardening, swimming, hiking, driving, film spoofs, politics, religious...etc. Only problem is most Americans (who would be vain enough to do this) probably can't afford it!
It was also common practice after an epic shootout in the Old West to prop up the losing side’s corpses for ghastly trophy photos, sometimes with their guns thrust into stiff lifeless hands.
I have attended funerals where the bereaved are snapping photos of the deceased in the casket. Creepy. Why not just hold on to photos of the living person & remember them that way?
"If you're going to lose, then I will help you lose."
I think Mr. Mercat’s cousin did snap some photos of my mother in law in her casket. I don’t know. I don’t think it’s creepy. I understand why some think it is. I don’t plan to do it. I do want open an open casket. I’m sad that my brother was cremated before I could see him gone. Is that creepy?
His son appears to be at least 9 or 10. And he’s 23????
Sorry to hear of your loss. But your brother was not cremated, only his mortal remains. My father’s remains were cremated, but only after I made positive ID. The remains of my wife were buried in the conventional way.
Both my Dad & my first wife are in Heaven, and no doubt arguing as they did in this life. Their eternal destiny is not affected by the fate of their earthly remnant, in any way.
It’s not about minimizing the awfulness of losing a loved one, but realizing that our individual existence does not cease with the death of the body.
And yes, I prefer to remember my loved ones as they lived.
Saw a guy buried on his Harley Davidson on last night’s news. Older gent, sitting upright in biker attire. Guess he plans on becoming the new “Ghost Rider”. Expect he’ll shock some future race when they discover his remains.
But whom am I to judge...remember all cultures are equal...
I feel the same about open caskets. A lot of the time a long illness proceeds death and you think "Who the hell is that?".
A long time ago a teacher in school was teaching about the death industry. She wasnt biased just factual.
One part that hit me is if the last time you see a loved one is of them in a casket, dead. Then thats how you’ll always think of them.
Perhaps it helps in the grieving process but I’d rather remember people as alive. Well most people.
We Have Our Winner !
youtube would have to start a new genre ...
That's what my parents wanted....when Dad died the small family-run mortuary did a fine job; a year or so later Forest Lawn bought them out - and when Mom died their people did horrible work. The only for sure way we could even tell it was her was the hair.
The mortician did an excellent job. It probably doesn’t hurt that the deceased was in the absolute prime of life when he was cut down.
Sad. Sorry. I will always treasure the image of my father’s hands with his rosary and a family photo in place before they closed the casket.
And in the the other corner, his opponent could be heard telling his manager: “I should be getting a shot at the the title instead of fighting this stiff!”
“Are you readddddyyyy to crumble?”
Well ... look at the bright side. With a record of 5-15 he’s fortunate he doesn’t have to fight anymore ... the lucky stiff.
> One part that hit me is if the last time you see a loved one is of them in a casket, dead. Then thats how youll always think of them.
That is why Jewish tradition requires a closed-casket ceremony.
If you go to YouTube, there are many examples of this practice from the 19th & early 20th century. It only seems strange because we no longer do it.
An example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYytf471Tf8
I’m sure Nanzi P. would love to be stuffed and
put up in the Well of the House.
A good mortician could probably make her better
looking than she is now.
> A good mortician could probably make her better
looking than she is now.
A paper bag could make her better looking than she is now.