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Man embalmed to look like he is still alive at own funeral

Women look at the dead body of Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato at Marin Funeral Home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.© Alvin Baez / Reuters/REUTERS

Women look at the dead body of Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato at Marin Funeral Home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato was shot and killed in Puerto Rico earlier this month, his family chose to honor him in a different way.

The 26-year-old, who suffered 15 gunshot wounds, was embalmed to look like he was still alive at his funeral.

Beato frequently wore a black cap and smoked cigars, which is exactly how Marin Funeral Home in San Juan made him look.

“Some people say that it doesn’t look good” Lhizz Díaz Beato, Fernando’s sister, told BuzzFeed News. “They prefer something more traditional. But if that’s something that the family wants, why wouldn’t you do it?”

She added that her mother was very emotional prior to the funeral, but calmed down once she saw her son embalmed, sitting up in a chair from her home.

Marin Funeral Home kept Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato’s eyes open as a surprise for his loved ones,© Alvin Baez / Reuters/REUTERS

Marin Funeral Home kept Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato’s eyes open as a surprise for his loved ones,

“That was his way of being. We wanted to remember him as he was,” Lhizz Díaz said. “…Everyone in his neighborhood loved him. Everyone remembered him.”

Fernando’s mother always kept the plastic on the chair and never let him sit in it.

This is not the first time Marin Funeral Home, which kept Fernando’s eyes open as a surprise for his loved ones, has hosted this type of funeral.

Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato frequently wore a black cap and smoked cigars.© Alvin Baez / Reuters/REUTERS

Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato frequently wore a black cap and smoked cigars.

Damarus Marin, the establishment’s director, told the Daily News they began the “non-traditional” funerals in 2008.

“Since then, we have done 9 non-traditional funerals, according with what our clients have asked us to do.”

Police do not have anyone in custody for Fernando’s murder.

nparco@nydailynews.com

Nation / World – NY Daily News

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