Walter White funeral raises money, but causes controversy

Posted at: 10/19/2013 10:12 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

On Saturday, a fake funeral for Breaking Bad character Walter White raised thousands for an Albuquerque charity, but some people had problems with the way they did it.

The funeral raised nearly $17,000 for Albuquerque’s Healthcare for the Homeless organization.

At the funeral, people paid last respects to a character and a show that put Albuquerque on the map.

“It brought people into Albuquerque, it brought attention into Albuquerque, and it brought money into Albuquerque,” fan Susan Tyr-Connail said.

A hearse and White’s RV led a procession through town. Mourners paid for dirt to toss across an empty coffin, which was laid in a real gravesite – with a headstone. It will stay there for now.

It was a fitting end for loyal fans, but for families with loved ones laid to rest there, it hits too close to home.

“My son is buried about 15 yards from where the makeshift gravesite is,” Manuel Montano said.

They want the stone out of there to keep tourists away.

“This is a place of mourning,” Montano said. “It’s not a spectacle.”

That was not the only snag. Organizers planned a YouTube livestream of the funeral to bring in eyeballs and donations from around the world, but it was blocked for copyright reasons.

Other than that problem and protests by families, the funeral went on raising money for a cause and saying goodbye to Walter White.

If you’d like to donate to Albuquerque’s Healthcare for the Homeless, click the link below:

If you’d like to see the petition one family started to get the gravesite removed, click the link below: