A dead man was banned from his own funeral because he was not placed in a coffin.
29-year-old Che Lewis was tragically killed at his home on November 14. His father, 54-year-old Adlay Lewis, was also killed in the incident.
Che’s corpse was filmed being driven to the church in an open-topped hearse and in a seated position so people could see him.
The procession and funeral gained a lot of attention after it was shared online.
Videos on social media show Che’s body on a chair in a pink jacket and white trousers outside the St. John the Evangelist Church.
Many people did not realize that he was the deceased even though he was sitting next to a huge photo of himself.
Others even berated him for going to the funeral without wearing a face mask.
According to reports, Che was denied access by staff members as he did not arrive in a coffin but his father, who was placed in a casket, was allowed inside.
The father and son were later buried in the St. John the Evangelist Cemetery.
“We are disappointed in the reckless behaviour engaged by Dennie’s Funeral Home,” police officer Brent Batson said to Trinidad Express.
“Carrying persons in a dangerous manner is an offence with a £750 penalty and the police will continue the investigation into the funeral company’s conduct on the road.”
One person commented: “So let me see if I get this straight, people came to the funeral and did not recognize the deceased. If you cannot recognize your friend, co-worker, family member, you should not gave been there.”
Another shared: “my Dad was almost late his own funeral. The hearse had some mechanical problems on the way to the church and they had to call a second hearse.”
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