A Brazil Man Shows up at His Own Funeral

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A Brazil man stunned relatives when he showed up for his own funeral on Monday at his mother's home in Alagoinhas, Brazil, ABC News reported.

The family of Gilberto Araujo, a 41-year-old car washer, received a call from police telling them to come to the city morgue to identify Araujo because he had been shot. Jose Marcos, Araujo's brother, was the one who identified the body as Araujo. He brought the body back for a wake at his mother's house, Travelers Today reported.

"The confusion started when news started circulating that a car washer had been shot dead," Jose Marco's wife, Ana Paula, told the UOL Internet news portal. "Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue." Police inspector Roberto Lima said Genivaldo Santos Gama was the man whose body was in the morgue. "The two men closely resembled each other and both worked as car washers," Lima said, ABC News reported.

Lima said Araujo found out about the funeral being held for him when "a friend of Gilberto's saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was mourning him." When Araujo went to his funeral to inform everyone he was alive, people were extremely shocked to see him alive, ABC News reported.

After spending her time mourning, Araujo's mother, Marina Santana, is thrilled and relieved that her son is not dead. "I am overjoyed. What mother wouldn't be after being told her son is dead and then sees him alive," Santana said, according to the Associated Press, Travelers Today reported.

Lima was not able to provide any additional information on Gama, the car washer who was killed and whose body was mistaken for Araujo, ABC News reported.

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