Puerto Rico – Fernando de Jesus Diaz Beato, 26, was shot 15 times in the Villa Carolina neighborhood of San Juan on March 3, with police saying they have no leads on the crime. 

Describing him as a 'happy and very active person', the family decided not to use the coffin for the funeral service in favor of a chair, sitting Diaz Beato with his legs crossed, dressed in his favorite clothes and with a cigarette between his fingers. Finally, to serve as a 'surprise', the funeral home chose to leave his eyes open.

'Everybody is really surprised because seeing him like that is like seeing him as if he were alive,' one of Diaz Beato's sisters said in a video. Another sister, Ihizz Diaz Beato, said: 'We decided to embalm him like this because he was a very happy person, very active and we want to remember him as he was.'

Damaris Marin, the owner of Marin Funeral Home, said they worked closely with the family to achieve the desired effect. 'This time is different because he is seated with his legs crossed but, this is the first dead man in history with his eyes open,' she said. 

Though the result shocked the family, they said they were happy with how Diaz Beato looked. 'We didn't want to see him lying in the coffin. We wanted something different. And also, we wanted him to be remembered by his friends and family the same way he was when he was alive.' sister Ihizz Diaz Beato said.

Source: Daily Mail

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