The body of a New Orleans teen killed two weeks ago in a shooting was dressed in his favorite basketball jersey and propped up in front of a TV with a video game controller in his hands for his unique memorial service.
The family of 18-year-old Renard Matthews is getting a lot of attention for the way they are honoring his memory. All of these things clearly meant a lot to Matthews, and it's a gesture that while unusual, is the send-off that his family felt would be the best representation of how they'd like to remember him; enjoying himself.
According to New Orleans station, WNGO, Matthew's mother said that her son was "a bit of a homebody" and had only recently begun to get out of the house more in order to walk the family's new dog.
He was dressed in his Celtics jersey, playing National Basketball Association 2K on an XBOX with his favorite snacks and chair.
While some may find this rather peculiar, the sentiment reminds me of the concept of altars and shrines for the fallen in which people would place items representing the person and what they love.
With the burial scheduled for Tuesday, hopefully close friends and family members of Renard were able to visit him over the weekend, as his life was celebrated in distinct fashion.