Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Family dresses up dead boy, surrounds him with favourite snacks

New Orleans family has son’s body displayed in front of TV at wake Family has son dressed in Kyrie Irving jersey playing NBA2K at funeral
Domingo Copeland | 11 July, 2018, 05:58

The New Orleans native will be buried Tuesday. WDSU-TV reports his body was positioned in a chair and he had a video game controller in his lap.

According to ABC affiliate WGNO, Matthews was killed two weeks ago, and family members chose to have his body prepared in a way they want to remember him. A big fan of the Boston Celtics and Kyrie Irving, he was dressed in an Irving jersey with the Celtics on a TV screen.

Renard was also pictured wearing his favourite player socks in a scene made to look like a typical, family home.

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Matthew's mother Temeka says her son was a bit of a homebody, who only recently started to venture out to walk the dog she'd recently gotten him. His favorite snacks, cereal, Barq's Root Beer and Doritos were placed on a side table next to him.

The family released images from the wake. We get used to seeing each other occupy certain spaces so I think there's something strangely lovely about wanting to see Renard Matthews in that chair, controller in hand, one last time.

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