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Slain man's wake had things he loved

11 July, 2018, 05:59 | Author: Hannah Francis
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Ball is life ... and the family of Renard Matthews used his love of the Celtics so others would remember him as they do. 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. A big fan of the Boston Celtics and Kyrie Irving, he was dressed in an Irving jersey with the Celtics on a TV screen.

Matthews, a native of New Orleans, will be buried Tuesday at Interment Providence Memorial Park.

Matthews, who attended McDonogh 35 High School, loved the Boston Celtics and playing video games. On a side table next to him were his favorite snacks: Doritos, a box of Chocolate Chip Crunch, and a bottle of soda.




Renard Matthews died in a shooting June 25 near North Tonti and Independence streets.

The softly-lit area was cordoned off with ropes and seats for family and friends attending the memorial were neatly laid out behind the body.

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