Around 200 people showed up to pay their respects on Saturday at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, where the AMC hit was set and filmed. As reported previously, Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse was behind the event and hosted a catered reception afterwards. Proceeds from funeral and reception ticket sales as well as donations totaled nearly $17,000 for Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, which provides substance abuse and homelessness services.
The 'service' had all the hallmarks of a traditional funeral, complete with a funeral procession (that included Walt's RV/lab, no less) and eulogy, which was delivered by Breaking Bad set decorator Michael Flowers. Mourners then got to toss dirt onto an empty grave.
Since the funeral took place at an actual cemetery, some Albuquerqueans with relatives buried at Sunset Memorial Park weren't so thrilled with the event and the prospect of tourists flocking to Walter White's grave, much like they do to the house that served as the exterior shot for his residence.
“My son is buried about 15 yards from where the makeshift gravesite is,” Manuel Montano told a local news station. “This is a place of mourning. It’s not a spectacle.”
Albuquerque's KOAT 7 notes that although a petition has been drawn up to have the memorial moved, the headstone is currently at Vernon's, where it will remain for the next few days.