New Orleans Family Remembers Son in Unique Way at Wake

July 12, 2018 01:24 PM

Family chose a unique way to remember Renard Matthews who was killed in New Orleans two weeks ago.

ABC-affiliate WGNO reports Matthews was 18 years old, and while the tragedy of losing him so young weighs heavy on his family, they chose to have his body prepared for Sunday afternoon's wake in a way that they want to remember him.

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At the Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home in Treme, Matthews was sitting in a chair, video game controller in hand, surrounded by his favorite snacks, and his beloved Boston Celtics on the television screen.

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. Temeka Matthews also said that her son was a big fan of Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

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WGNO reports Renard Matthews was buried Tuesday with a "traditional jazz funeral" and was placed in a casket.

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