San Juan, PR — The funeral of boxing legend Hector “Macho” Camacho turned turbulent as a fight broke out between a woman claiming to be his girlfriend, a former lover, and his sisters.
Family, friends, and fellow boxers gathered in San Juan to say goodbye to Camacho, who died after being taken off of life support after he was shot in the face.
The fight started after 28-year-old Cynthia Castillo, who was wearing a pink shirt with Camacho’s face on it, leaned down to kiss him in his casket.
She then walked over to the area reserved for family. This caused tension to spill over with Camacho’s sisters and former lover Gloria Fernandez.
The fight moved outside the memorial service as police separated the women and bystanders snapped pictures and video with camera phones.
Castillo said she was Camacho’s girlfriend before he died and called him “my partner, my friend, my brother.”
Police urged Castillo to leave while the sisters returned to the memorial service.
The service was filled with emotional moments as Camacho’s mother cried and said, “They killed him.”
Camacho was shot November 20 as he sat in a parked car with a friend outside a bar in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The friend died at the scene and Camacho died three days later after being removed from life support.
Police said they have suspects but have not arrested anyone for the shooting.
Henry Neumann, the secretary of the island’s sports and recreation department said, “Everybody loved him here in Puerto Rico.”
Neumann continued, “He is one of those athletes who transcended the barriers of his country, not only for his skill inside the ring, but for his personality.”