“We wanted to remember him as he was.”
A family in mourning often shows grief in surprising ways. But the family of Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato, a 26-year-old man who was tragically shot and killed outside of his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, chose to honor him how he lived — literally.
Marin Funeral Home
The family chose to honor Beato’s vibrant life through services with the Marin Funeral Home in San Juan, a business known for its nontraditional funerals.
Ángel Luis “Pedrito” Pantojas
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The funeral home has been a pioneer in muerto parado, or « standing dead, » services since 2008. That year it hosted its first nontraditional funeral. At the request of the family, it tethered the body of 24-year-old Ángel Luis « Pedrito » Pantojas, another murder victim in Puerto Rico, to the family's living room.
« When he died, the family told us they would like him to be standing up, » Damaris Marin, the home's director, told BuzzFeed News. « We thought that it was a joke. Then his mom came to the funeral home and we realized it was serious. »