Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Celtics fan is remembered at funeral just as he lived

Celtics fan is remembered at funeral just as he lived

Renard Matthews, who passed away at 17 years old, was a Celtics fan and enjoyed playing the National Basketball Association 2K video game.

A New Orleans shooting victim's family has posed their loved one's body for his wake playing video games and wearing his favorite sports gear.

At the wake, his body was sitting in a chair, surrounded by his favorite snacks, video controller in his hand and an "NBA 2K Showdown" game being auto-played in front of him.

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According to Matthews" mom, Temeka, her son was a "homebody' whose favorite athlete was indeed Irving.

Renard Matthews, 17, was killed on June 26 near the intersection of Independence and Tonti streets.

Matthews will be buried Tuesday.

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But in the aftermath of pure tragedy, Renard's family memorialized his life at his wake by displaying him in position doing what he loved most: Playing NBA2K and cheering for his Celtics.

While his family tries to deal with the bad tragedy, they have chosen to say goodbye in a unique, but loving way.

Police didn't reveal any suspects or motive at the time.

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