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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mistaken Identity Leads to a Man Showing Up at His Own Wake

Images-5One supposedly deceased man's family was at his wake when the man showed up and shocked them all. A car washer was murdered over the weekend, and when Gilberto Araujo's brother went to see the body at the mortuary, he mistakenly identified the body to be Gilberto's.  The dead body apparently resembled Gilberto closely.  

Gilberto heard about the mistake when an acquaintance approached him in the street and notified him that his family was about to head to his funeral.  Gilberto tried to call a friend to let him know that an error had been made, but his friend rejected the call because he thought it was a hoax.  That is when Gilberto just headed to the wake in person.  

See Shock As Brazilian Man Turns Up At Own Wake, BBC News Latin America, Oct. 24, 2012. 

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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