'Walter White' to get funeral procession

Posted at: 10/17/2013 10:45 PM
Updated at: 10/18/2013 7:43 AM
By: Nicole Brady, KOB Eyewitness News 4

If you're not a "Breaking Bad" fan, you've probably been wondering why people can't let this show go.

The main character Walter White got an obituary in the Albuquerque Journal.

And now he's getting a real funeral, complete with a procession guided by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department.

You may be asking, why would the sheriff care that much?

Tonight, we found out.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston says when he got a call about providing a funeral procession for a "Breaking Bad" character – even a dead one – he had to Google the name Walter White.

But he quickly realized what a popular character – even a dead one – could bring to the county.

"We have a jail in Bernalillo County that is out of control, and a huge majority of people in the jail are people with drug addiction," Houston said.

The Walter White funeral will raise money for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless.

Many of the people they serve are drug addicts.

"This is about celebrating Walter White's life. The good, the bad, but more importantly it's about raising money for this organization," funeral organizer Jackamoe Buzzell said.

Saturday's funeral at Sunset Memorial Park will cost $20 to attend, $100 for a post-funeral reception at Vernon's Steak House.

The funeral will also be streamed online on YouTube, and there's a website where "Breaking Bad" fans from around the world can donate money.

"I don't understand the infatuation with Walter White, nor do I need to. What I understand is to treat drug addiction and help people, it costs money," Houston said.

The funeral has already raised $11,000.

Sheriff Houston says the organizers are paying the deputy overtime for the procession – just under $1,000.

The funeral is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park on Menaul.