Skooter reporting 10/24/12
In the town of Alagoinhas in northeastern Brazil, a 41-year-old man car washer stunned his family when he suddenly appeared at a funeral being held for him at his mother's home, police said Tuesday.
On Sunday Jose Marcos Araujo identified a body at the city morgue as to that of his brother, Gilberto, police inspector Roberto Lima said.
So Jose Marcos was allowed to take the body to his mother's home where a wake was held, Lima said.
The confusion started when news began to spread that a car washer had been shot dead, Ana Paula, Jose Marcos' wife told the UOL Internet news portal. She went on saying, that police called her husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue.
Lima said the confusion was explicable because both men were look-alike and both worked as car washers. The man whose body was in the morgue was identified as Genivaldo Santos Gama. Further information regarding on the background of Gama was not immediately available.
Before the Monday burial, Gilberto's friend saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was mourning him, Lima said. So Araujo went hurriedly to his mother’s home to let everyone know he was very much alive.
When Araujo showed up at his wake some people was taken aback and collapsed and others were so scared they ran away in panic. Everyone there got traumatized and it was a big shock indeed, a family friend Maria Menezes told the G1 online news site.
Gilberto's mother Marina Santana told reporters that she was overjoyed. What mother wouldn't be after being told that her son is dead and then sees him alive.