Dead Puerto Rico boxer posed standing in the ring

By: Associated Press
January 31, 2014 Updated: January 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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photo - Lidianette Carmona, behind right, the wife of the late boxer Christopher Rivera, stands with Rivera's mother Celines Amaro, left, and Rivera's son Julio Christopher, as they pose for photos taken by fans with the body of Christopher Rivera propped up in a fake boxing ring during his wake at the community recreation center within the public housing project where he lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin funeral home, explained that Rivera had asked his family that if he died, he wanted his funeral to make reference to his boxing career. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Lidianette Carmona, behind right, the wife of the late boxer Christopher Rivera, stands with Rivera's mother Celines Amaro, left, and Rivera's son Julio Christopher, as they pose for photos taken by fans with the body of Christopher Rivera propped up in a fake boxing ring during his wake at the community recreation center within the public housing project where he lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin funeral home, explained that Rivera had asked his family that if he died, he wanted his funeral to make reference to his boxing career. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Even in death, Christopher Rivera Amaro almost looked ready to box, leaning against the corner of a simulated ring.

Mourners who came to his wake in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan on Friday found him posed afoot, a yellow hood on his head, sunglasses glasses over his eyes and blue boxing gloves on his hands.

Elsie Rodriguez is vice president of the Marin funeral home and she says Rivera's family wanted to stress his boxing, and the funeral home suggested posing him in a ring. Her funeral home has staged similar wakes in the past for others.

The 23-year-old fighter had a 5-15 record in the 130-pound weight class. He was shot dead Sunday in the city of Santurce.

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