Society

Murdered Puerto Rican Boxer Posed Standing In The Ring At Funeral

| by Kathryn Schroeder

An open casket funeral is standard operating procedure at a lot of services. The family of deceased Puerto Rican boxer, Christopher Rivera Amaro, who was 23 years old when he passed, took things a step further, posting his body in a simulated boxing ring.

When mourners arrived at Rivera's wake in San Juan, they found the boxer standing, a yellow hood on his head, sunglasses over his eyes, and wearing his blue boxing gloves in a faux ring set-up. Even the floor was colored red and white in honor of the Puerto Rican flag, reports the Daily Mail.

It was the funeral home who suggested posing Rivera in a ring as the family wanted to stress his boxing, said Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin Funeral Home, according to the Star-Telegram. The ring was set-up in a community center of a public housing complex in San Juan.

Amaro had a 5-15 record and one draw in the 130-pound weight class.

This is not the first time the Marin Funeral Home has staged a wake based on the deceased's interests.

One funeral featured the corpse riding a motorcycle. Another, a man sitting smoking a cigar.

Amaro was shot dead last Sunday. At this time no arrest has been made in the case.  

He leaves behind a wife and son, as well as his mother.