After Her Son Dies, Grieving Mom Says Farewell In An Unusual Way

Posted On : July 11, 2018

He was brutally gunned down in New Orleans two weeks ago.

But the family of 18-year-old Renard Matthews wanted to give him a truly unique and memorable send off. The grieving family requested that his body be dressed in his favorite basketball jersey and be propped up in front of a TV.

Matthews’ mom Temeka also made sure he also had his video game controller in his hand for the emotional yet unusual memorial service. Temeka was determined to make sure her beloved boy was surrounded by all the things he loved.

They re-created his favorite scenario – playing video games and watching the Boston Celtics on TV. 

He Loved The Celtics


Renard Matthews was a graduate of McDonogh 35 High School and according to his mom a bit if a ‘homebody.’ 

What he loved more than anything was the Boston Celtics and playing video games, she told WGNO.

He had only recently started going out when he was killed in a shooting on June 25. 

Dressed in a his favorite player Kyrie Irving’s No. 11 jersey, Matthews was propped up in a chair for his memorial service on Sunday.

The family also laid out a few of his favorite snacks including Doritos. The Celtics game was playing on the TV where his body was displayed.

Mourners came to pay their last respects to the deceased teen at Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home in Treme. 

He Was Robbed Walking His Dog

Matthews was reportedly shot and killed whilst he was walking his dog on June 25.

His aunt, Natasha Joseph, told the Times-Picayune, her nephew’s killers also robbed him of his cellphone. 

Authorities are appealing for witnesses, but so far no arrests have been made in connection with the senseless murder.   

Meanwhile Matthews’ brave family buried their son on Tuesday in a traditional New Orleans send off.

Jazz music was played as he was escorted to his resting place in a horse drawn carriage. Sadly, the young man was buried on what would have been his 18th birthday.