We’ve officially entered a new era in American history thanks to the wake that went down Sunday inside a NOLA funeral home where a family had their dead son propped up with video controller in his hand playing what looks like NBA2K19…just chilling like he used to do before being killed two weeks ago.
This is not a joke. Real deal. Just a dead guy and his video games. And the local media was let in to document the wake. Folks, I’m not sure where we’re headed in this country, but this is a new development that’s going to lead to some interesting wakes over the years.
Renard Matthews was killed in New Orleans 2 weeks ago. He was a young 18 years old, and while the tragedy of losing him so young weighs heavy on his family, they chose to have his body prepared for Sunday afternoon’s wake in a way that they want to remember him.
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.
Matthew’s mother Temeka says her son was a bit of a homebody, who only recently started to venture out to walk the dog she’d recently gotten him. Temeka Matthews also said that her son was a big fan of Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.
What more needs to be said here?
As for Renard’s death, it happened on June 26:
Matthews was shot in the head on Independence Street near the intersection of Tonti Street around 9:40 p.m., according to New Orleans police. Melvin Morgan, a neighbor who was at the scene Monday said he was stunned to hear of Matthews’ death.
Morgan said he had seen Matthews just over three hours earlier, and the two spoke while the teen was walking his dog.
“A nice young man,” Morgan said.
Morgan was just one of a large crowd that gathered at the scene Monday night. Small grounds of bystanders could be seen huddled together and comforting one another, some sitting on the ground sobbing.