26-year-old Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato was shot and killed in a tragic death outside of his house in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His mourning family then decided they wanted to honor him as he lived by having his body embalmed so he would look alive at his funeral.
Marin Funeral Home in San Juan is known for holding these nontraditional types of funerals. They have hosted 9 other funerals of this type since 2008 from families wanting to remember their loved ones just the way they were.
Beato’s family wanted to remember him as the happy person he was, so they had the funeral home place his body in a chair from his mother’s home. His sister, Lhizz Díaz Beato, told BuzzFeed News, “Some people say that it doesn’t look good. They prefer something more traditional. But if that’s something that the family wants, why wouldn’t you do it?”
She also spoke about the chair they sat him in. The chair came from his mother’s house – she kept it covered in plastic and never allowed him to sit it in, although he would try.
He wore a black cap and smoked cigars, so that is how the funeral home made him look. “That was his way of being. We wanted to remember him as he was,” Lhizz Díaz told BuzzFeed News. “…Everyone in his neighborhood loved him. Everyone remembered him.”
Police do not have anyone in custody yet for Fernando’s murder.