During the for charity event mock Walter White funeral ceremony at a new Mexico cemetery, fans stood on real gravestones provoking protests from families with relatives buried there, including an online petition to have the headstone removed.
Concerned that the faux tombstone would attract a large ongoing tourist influx to the Sunset Park cemetery where their loved ones are buried, relatives expressed their unhappiness.
“My son is buried about 15 yards from where the makeshift gravesite is. This is a place of mourning. It’s not a spectacle,” said Manuel Montano to local TV news.
Following the finale of Breaking Bad, HealthCare for the Homeless, a New Mexico charity staged the mock funeral and burial. 200 fans attended and $17,000 was raised for the charity.
"It was never our intention to disrespect those who are buried at Sunset Memorial Park or cause pain to their families," Said Michael Baird, owner of Vernon's Steakhouse who sponsored the event. "We created the Walter White Funeral and Final Amends as a way to have a positive impact on the community and help those who are negatively impacted by the terrible effects of drug addiction and homelessness. We greatly apologize to anyone who was offended, and want to ensure that the focus remains on the amazing work that Albuquerque HealthCare for the Homeless does in our community."
Officials agreed to move the headstone to a nearby shopping mall, Village Shops at Los Ranchos.