Family chooses unique way to say goodbye to son

Family chooses unique way to say goodbye to son

New Orleans' WDSU-TV identified the man as Renard Matthews, saying he died June 25 after being shot in the head.

Matthews, who attended McDonogh 35 High School, loved the Boston Celtics and playing video games.

During his remembrance on Sunday, the family had Matthews preserved and placed in stance that reflected his low-key lifestyle. That's how his family chose to remember him at his wake Sunday.

One death as helicopter crashes near William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Peggy Weiss, who lives in the neighborhood, told the Daily Press she saw a small, rickety helicopter crash between two buildings. Firefighters from James City County, Williamsburg and York County fought the blaze, which continued to smolder into the evening.

At the Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home in Treme, Matthews was sitting in a chair, video game controller in hand, surrounded by his favorite snacks, and his beloved Boston Celtics on the television screen. In a certainly unique but loving way, Matthews' family had his body prepared not in an open casket, but on a swivel chair, posed as if he were playing a video game.

There was an XBox One controller in his hand, giving way to the action on the screen; an National Basketball Association 2K showdown being autoplayed between the Golden State Warriors and his Celtics. According to News4Jax sister station KPRC-TV, Matthews will be buried on Tuesday.

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