New Orleans Family Sets the Table for Their Dead Son
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - July 10, 2018
A New Orleans family decided not to say goodbye to their son after his death. Renard Matthews was killed about two weeks ago. After that, his parents did not bury their son, and instead put him in a chair as if he was still living and breathing.
The boy was a young 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 the way that they remember him.
Matthews's father gave to the police account of his actions, that the family scared off thieves who were allegedly trying to break into their house.
At the Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home in Treme, Matthews was sitting in a chair with video game controller in hand. Parents have a place set for him surrounded by his favorite snacks and switched on the Boston Celtics on the TV in front of him.
Matthew's mother Temeka says her son was a bit of a homebody, who had only started to venture out to walk the dog she had recently bought him. Temeka Matthews also said that her son was a big fan of Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.
Family and friends gathered for Sunday's wake. Matthews will be buried Tuesday.
This is not the first request of its kind for the Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home. Before this incident, they were approached by other two families to make a mummy of their relatives to keep inside their homes.