That was the case for 18-year-old Renard Matthews, who loved video games and the Boston Celtics.
The family of Renard Matthews wanted to remember him as he lived, honoring his memory in an unusual way at his wake.
Dressed in a Kyrie Irving Celtics jersey and socks, Matthews sits in a chair with a video game controller in his hand, surrounded by his favorite snacks. At his wake at the Charbonnet Labat Glapion funeral home in Treme, a very unconventional service was held. For his wake, they made a decision to have him in a recliner wearing a Kyrie Irving jersey and matching socks, playing National Basketball Association 2K, with junk food on the side. He held a PS4 controller in his hands while a game of NBA2K between the Celtics and Warriors was powered up on the screen.
Sitting on a table at his side is a bag of Doritos, a bottle of Barq's root beer, and a television remote.