Family chooses unique way to say goodbye to son

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Ball is life ... and the family of Renard Matthews used his love of the Celtics so others would remember him as they do. His life was taken away from him at the age of 18-years-old after a shooting on June 26th. And so, many find comfort in focusing their thoughts on who they were and what they stood for. It's an unconventional way of honoring someone's death, yet the Matthews family believes it'll help his friends remember him in the best way possible. WDSU-TV reports his body was positioned in a chair and he had a video game controller in his lap. He also donned socks brandishing the likeness of Kyrie Irving, the Celtics player that wears the number 11 shirt, the same that Matthews wore.

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Matthews' body was sat lounged back in a padded swivel chair, and he was dressed in his Boston Celtics vest. We get used to seeing each other occupy certain spaces so I think there's something strangely lovely about wanting to see Renard Matthews in that chair, controller in hand, one last time.

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