- Last Updated: 6:49 AM, December 1, 2012
- Posted: 1:57 AM, December 1, 2012
It was a goodbye fit for a king of the ring.
Boxing legend Hector “Macho” Camacho was given a royal send-off yesterday as his casket was paraded through the streets of East Harlem in a horse-drawn carriage while thousands of mourners wished him farewell.
His sons, Christian, 20, and Stanley, 14, rode on the ornate hearse carrying their dad’s casket, which was draped in a Puerto Rican flag, as the procession wound it’s way through the neighborhood.
A crowd gathered behind police barricades chanted, “Macho! Macho!” as the carriage pulled up to St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church on East 106th Street.
“I love you guys,” Camacho’s mother, Maria Matias, shouted back at the mourners while pumping her fist in the air. She proudly wore his gaudy gold “Macho” necklace to the crowd’s delight.
“They are telling me that Camacho is alive today,” she told The Post.
Camacho, 50, was gunned down Nov. 20 while sitting in a parked car in his hometown, Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
His mother said that police have three men in custody.
and are trying to piece together a motive: “They don’t have all the evidence yet, but soon they will,” she said.
Camacho will be buried today in St. Raymond’s Cemetery in The Bronx, , said a family friend.