Reporting Leigh Ann Adam
The Huffington Post is reporting that a 41-year-old car washer from Brazil, Gilberto Araujo, surprised his friends and family, when he walked into his own funeral.
The service was being held at the his mother’s home in Alagoinhas.
Police say that the Araujo’s brother, Jose Marcos Araujo, had identified the body at the city morgue as his brother.
“The confusion started when news started circulating that a car washer had been shot dead,” Jose Marcos’ wife, Ana Paula, said. “Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue.”
Police inspector Roberto Lima says the confusion is understandable. “The two men closely resembled each other and both worked as car washers,” Lima said adding that the man whose body was in the casket was Genivaldo Santos Gama.
The officer continued, “A few hours before the Monday burial “a friend of Gilberto’s saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was mourning him. So he went to his mother’s home to let everyone know he was very much alive.”
Araujo’s mother said, “I am overjoyed. What mother wouldn’t be after being told that her son is dead and then sees him alive.”