Unusual vigil for slain Puerto Rican boxerJanuary 31, 2014 @ 1:49 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A slain boxer in Puerto Rico has received an unusual send off.
Christopher Rivera was memorialized at his wake standing up in a makeshift boxing ring set up in a community center of a San Juan public housing complex.
The 23-year-old wore sunglasses, boxing gloves and a yellow-and-black boxing uniform. Police said he was shot on Jan. 26. No one has been arrested.
Marin Funeral Home Vice President Elsie Rodriguez told The Associated Press Friday that it took them several hours to create the scene. She said Rivera had told his relatives that if he died, he wanted his boxing career acknowledged at his funeral.
The funeral home is well-known for having previously created other thematic wakes, including one featuring a deceased man riding his motorcycle.
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