A funeral ceremony in Trinidad has stunned the world as the corpse of a Trinidad native identified as Che Lewis was made to sit in the back of a pick-up van by Dennie’s Funeral Home and driven around to bid him farewell.
This unusual but creative way of making a dead man sit at his funeral took place in Port of Spain on Wednesday, 25th November 2020.
According to Trinidad Express, the body was embalmed into a sitting position, placed in the tray of a hearse, and given an open-air last ride past the Office of the Prime Minister on the way to his funeral.
Dressed in a suit and on a chair, murdered Che Lewis has given his ride even though he couldn’t consciously enjoy the last view of Port of Spain township.
However, TTPS Road Safety Co-ordinator Brent Batson announced that the funeral home would be slapped with a charge after the necessary investigation is conducted.
Batson said, “The TTPS is disappointed in the reckless behavior engaged in by a funeral home being circulated on social media whereby persons were seen seated in the vehicle tray seemingly as part of a funeral procession. Carrying persons in a dangerous manner is an offence Regulation 38 Rule 17 of the Motor Vehicle Road Traffic Act (MVRTA) with a $1,000 penalty and the TTPS will be continuing investigation into funeral company’s conduct on the road.
Numerous footage of the ‘last ride’ was shared on social media. The video attracted the opinions of many users who aired their concerns.
Lewis, 29, and his father Adlay Lewis, 49, were shot and killed on November 15 at their home at First Trace, Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin.
His funeral was streamed live on social media, but not all the viewers were aware that the man sitting at the entrance to the church was the deceased.
Following the funeral service at the St John The Evangelist R.C Church at Church Street, Diego Martin the bodies of father and son were interred the St John The Evangelist Cemetery.
The funeral home also intends introducing a new form of body disposal to Trinidad and Tobago.
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