Dead man stands throughout 3-day wake
Family fulfills Puerto Rican's wish by propping up his body in living room
The body of Angel Pantoja Medina, left, stands leaning against a wall during his wake at his mother's home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday.
Juan Alicea Mercado / AP
updated 10:12 a.m. MT, Tues., Aug. 19, 2008
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A Puerto Rican man has been granted his wish to remain standing — even in death.
A funeral home used a special embalming treatment to keep the corpse of 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina standing upright for his three-day wake.
Dressed in a Yankees baseball cap and sunglasses, Pantoja was mourned by relatives while propped upright in his mother's living room.
His brother Carlos told the El Nuevo Dia newspaper the victim had long said he wanted to be upright for his own wake: "He wanted to be happy, standing."