Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Dead man turns up at own funeral
A 41-year-old car wash shocked his family when he interrupted a funeral being held for him at his mother's home in the town.
The incident happend at Alagoinhas, in northeastern Brazil, police said on Tuesday.
The police inspector, Roberto Lima, told the Associated Press by telephone that on Sunday, Jose Marcos Araujo identified a body at the city morgue as being that of his brother, Gilberto.
Lima said Marcos took the body to his mother's home where a wake was held.
"The confusion started when news started circulating that a car wash had been shot dead," Jose Marcos' wife, Ana Paula, told the UOL Internet news portal, adding that "police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue."
According to the police inspector, "the man whose body was in the morgue was named Genivaldo Santos Gama," adding that further information on him was not immediately available.
A few hours before the Monday burial, Lima said "a friend of Gilberto saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was mourning him.
"So he went to his mother's home to let everyone know he was very much alive."
When Araujo showed up at his wake, "some people fainted and others were so scared that they ran away. It was a big shock," family friend, Maria Menezes, told the G1 online news site.
Gilberto's mother, Marina Santana, told reporters that "I am overjoyed."