Dead boxer propped up at his wake


Family picture with the dead boxer: mother (l), wife (r) and son.

Family picture with the dead boxer: mother (l), wife (r), and son.

There is a funeral home in San Juan, Puerto Rico that is known for glorifying dead people for what they were in life at their wake.

It is freakish, at best, and really ridiculous, at worst.

Take for instance what the mortuary guys did to 23-year-old Christopher Rivera Amaro, a so-so boxer with a 5-15 record in the 130-pound weight class, who was shot dead by still unidentified killer.

Taking the cue from Amaro’s family that they wanted to highlight his boxing career so that people will have lasting impression of the young boxer, the funeral home thought of the idea of posing him in a ring.

Thus, a makeshift ring was installed in a community center of a public housing complex to accommodate more people at any given time.

Mourners who came to Amaro’s wake were not disappointed upon seeing their idol propped up in one corner of the ring with yellow hood on his head, sunglasses over his eyes and blue boxing gloves on his hands.

It is said that in the past the same funeral home featured a deceased man riding his beloved motorcycle.


8 comments on “Dead boxer propped up at his wake

  1. It’s memento mori, a form of postmortem photography done back in the victorian era when families took pictures with their recently deceased loved ones. Part of the reason was that photography was very expensive, and alive or not, it was their only way of having a memento of that person. So they would pose them in photographs standing, sitting, or taking a nap. Some studios would even paint the eyeballs afterwards. You’ll see lots of these pictures online, especially of children, as their mortality rate was high.

    This one, though, takes the cake. But it all depends on the culture, too.

    • Wendy says:

      I was not aware there was memento mori. I still find it …odd..icky …well, there is a better word but I can’t find it…to take a picture of a dead person. I can understand the staging, the want to ‘honour’ what a person was in life. And, if that is what they want, well, so be it. But, the pictures?I wish I could figure out what it is that is so bothersome about photos of a dead loved one. After all, the dead person is not offended. Or is he?

      • quierosaber says:

        I don’t think the dead would be offended, but if he was to live again am sure he would be raising hell!

      • Memento mori is…eerie and morbid in a way. There are many photographs from the Victorian era that I never realized was postmortem photography – but because it was so expensive to have photographs taken then, it was the only way families could remember the ones who’d gone. And back then, the bodies weren’t taken to the morgue right away – they stayed in the family home for a few days for the wake, and so Victorians in a way had a different view of death as we do now, which sometimes is considered ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

      • quierosaber says:

        Will probably include that in my will not to do a memento mori of me and my pipe tobacco or I will haunt them!

    • quierosaber says:

      Interesting! Thanks for the info. Appreciate it.

      • Memento mori featured in the Nicole Kidman movie, The Others. Isn’t it the same as taking pictures of the dead inside their coffin though (in a way)? I remember people doing that in the Philippines when I was little.

      • quierosaber says:

        It is, but with a twist. I don’t remember anything like this growing up in a rural area, that is why it amazes me.

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