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Boxing champ Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho’s funeral

 

Fans cheered one last time for the slain boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho as he was laid to rest in Spanish Harlem. The former world champion was hailed as a local hero who never forgot his roots.People came to pay their final respects at a funeral for Hector

 JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

People came to pay their final respects at a funeral for Hector “Macho” Camacho at St. Cecilia’s Church on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 in New York, New York

Thousands of fight fans flocked to Spanish Harlem for the Saturday funeral of local hero Hector “Macho” Camacho, the talented but troubled three-time boxing champ.

Many boosters of the murdered fighter waved Puerto Rican flags as they stood behind barricades opposite St. Cecilia’s Church on E. 106th St.

Camacho’s mother, ex-wife and their four sons led the packed crowd of family and close friends inside the church as they bid farewell to the charismatic boxer.

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 JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Fans console each other during the funeral of Hector “Macho” Camacho on Saturday.

Camacho, 50, was shot to death with a friend on Nov. 20 outside a bar in Puerto Rico. Police had not arrested anyone in the double homicide.

Amy Camacho, in a leopard skin top, was consoled by family members as she wept for her former spouse.

“Hector lived the American dream, to come from a simple beginning and become known by thousands of people,” the Rev. Francis Skelly said in his eulogy.

“He could make us laugh and feel sad,” said Skelly, who was a priest at the church when Camacho attended its elementary school. “He was one of a kind, and stood out from the crowd. At the same time, he was one of us.”

Camacho’s son Justin did a short reading at the 45-minute service before the white casket — draped with the flag of the fighter’s native Puerto Rico — was brought out of the church.Camacho_2_1201

JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A casket containing the body of Hector “Macho” Camacho is carried into St. Cecilia’s Church for his funeral in Spanish Harlem.

Fans — some shouting “Macho!” — shot video with their cell phones as a dozen pallbearers carried Camacho away. The fighter was set for burial at St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

“We’re coping,” said Amy Camacho after the funeral. “We’ve gotten a lot of support. It was a beautiful service.”

Local resident Alfredo Guzman recalled Camacho as a popular local figure who kept in touch with his neighborhood roots.

“He was very flamboyant and a good fighter,” said Guzman, 53, who paid his respects with wife Mercedes. “He never let fame take him away from his people. He didn’t forget where he came from.”

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