‘Breaking Bad’ fans pay respects to main character’s death

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October 20, 2013, 1:11 pm
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(NECN/NBC News: Erica Zucco, Albuquerque, N.M.) - Fans of the show ‘Breaking Bad’ paid their respects to the show's main character Walter White in a mock funeral on Saturday.

However, the event was not without controversy.

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," Susan Tyr-Connail said, a Breaking Bad fan.

A hearse and Walt’s RV led a procession through town. Mourners paid for dirt to toss across an empty coffin, which was laid in a real grave site, complete 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 here, it hits too close to home.

"My son is buried about 15 yards from where the makeshift grave site is," said one Albuquerque resident, Manuel Montano.

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

"This is a place of mourning. It’s not a spectacle,” Montano continued.

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.

Tags: New Mexico, NBC News, Breaking Bad, Walter White, Alburquerque, mock funeral, Manuel Montano, Erica Zucco
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