Family chooses unique way to say goodbye to son

Brenda Watkins
July 10, 2018

As WGNO in New Orleans chronicled, his body was stationed in a reclining chair in front of a television wearing sunglasses, a Kyrie Irving No. 11 alternate home Celtics jersey and Irving-themed socks with a video game controller in hand.

Renard Matthews was killed two weeks ago at the age of 18, a very young age for someone to die that his family is still in shock over.

According to Matthews" mom, Temeka, her son was a "homebody' whose favorite athlete was indeed Irving. But just how big of a fan was the New Orleans teen of the Boston Celtics star? It's an unconventional way of honoring someone's death, yet the Matthews family believes it'll help his friends remember him in the best way possible. 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.

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On the TV screen in front of him, an National Basketball Association 2K game is being autoplayed between the Golden State Warriors and his beloved Celtics.

The realistic tribute to Matthews also came with the teenager surrounded by some of his favorite snacks, including cereal, Doritos, zebra cakes, and a root beer.

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