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Dead boxer propped up in a fake boxing ring at his wake

Even in death, Christopher Rivera’s family wanted to remember him as a boxing champ. Family and friends attended his wake on Friday to remember the deceased young man. The New York Post reported a story about Rivera’s unusual burial request. His family made good on his last wish and propped Rivera’s body up in a mock boxing ring. His embalmed body looked like a mannequin.

Christopher Rivera's family honored his final wish to prop him up in a fake boxing ring.
New York Daily News website

Rivera stood in the ring for one last time wearing his traditional boxing gear. Rivera’s mother, wife, and son posed with him for one last tribute. Mourners took pictures as keepsakes to remember the fallen boxer. River died last Sunday from a fatal shooting. For now, authorities haven’t charged anyone with Rivera’s death. He boxed as a lightweight and finished his career with a 5-15 record.

According to The Box Rec website, Rivera boxed as a lightweight with four knockouts.

Complete details about this burial are available at the NY Post website.

Marc Hoover is a freelance writer and author of two books “You Need a Cellmate, Not a Soulmate” and “21 Things you Gotta Know About the NFL.” Click on the links to buy his books or contact him about this story or anything else at augustlake@fuse.net. Marc also has a website for family members to write messages to their deceased loved ones. Visit Letters Beyond Heaven to either share or read personal letters to beloved family members and friends.