Just in time for Halloween comes this bizarre story about a 41-year-old man in Alagoinhas, Brazil, who rudely interrupted a funeral — the nerve! — except that it was his own funeral.
According to the Associated Press, police say that Jose Marcos Araujo identified a body at the morgue as being that of his brother, Gilberto. He then took the body to his mother’s house for Gilberto’s wake.
“The confusion started when news started circulating that a car washer had been shot dead,” Jose Marcos’ wife, Ana Paula, says. “Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue.”
Police inspector Roberto Lima calls the mix-up “understandable,” since “the two men closely resembled each other and both worked as car washers.”
Lima says the man whose body was misidentified was named Genivaldo Santos Gama.
On Monday, “a friend of Gilberto’s saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was mourning him,” Lima says. “So he went to his mother’s home to let everyone know he was very much alive.”
When Gilberto walked in, “some people fainted and others were so scared they ran away. It was a big shock,” family friend Maria Menezes tells the G1 online news site.
“I am overjoyed. What mother wouldn’t be after being told that her son is dead and then sees him alive,” Gilberto’s mother Marina Santana says.