Published November 26, 2012
SAN JUAN – A lawyer for the family of world boxing legend Hector "Macho" Camacho said they are making plans to bury the ex-boxer in New York City.
According to Puerto Rican daily El Nuevo Día, lawyer Linda George said there will be a viewing for Camacho starting Tuesday, with a Mass planned for Wednesday. By Saturday, the body would be moved to New York.
"He will be buried in New York. That's what has been said so far," she said in a radio interview Monday morning.
There were doubts among some family members about where they should rest the remains of Camacho, who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York.
His mother, Maria Matias, wanted him to be laid to rest in New York, but Camacho's eldest son had expressed his preference for the burial to be held on the island.
The man who once starred at the pinnacle of boxing, winning several world titles, died Saturday after being ambushed in a parking lot in the Puerto Rican town of Bayamon, where he was born. Packets of cocaine were found in the car in which he was shot. There have been no arrests in the case, and the investigation is ongoing.
Camacho, 50, left behind a reputation for flamboyance — leading fans in cheers of "It's Macho time!" before fights — and for fearsome skills as one of the top fighters of his generation.