A fake funeral was held Saturday for Breaking Bad character Walter White in Albuquerque, offering some 200 fans a chance to pay their last respects to a show that, as one attendee put it, "brought people into Albuquerque, it brought attention into Albuquerque, and it brought money into Albuquerque." The funeral also raised $17,000 for a local charity, with mourners paying to shovel dirt onto an empty coffin. Nevertheless, not everyone was happy about the event, especially family members of those buried at Sunset Memorial Park, KOB.com reports.
That's because the funeral may have been fake, but the coffin, the gravesite it was laid in, and the headstone were all very real. "My son is buried about 15 yards from where the makeshift gravesite is," says one father. "This is a place of mourning. It’s not a spectacle." But officials at Sunset Memorial Park say they will remove the memorial if it becomes too much of a tourist attraction. "We are a cemetery first and foremost," says the general manager, per the Albuquerque Journal. "Our allegiance lies with our families that have allowed us to bury their loved ones here." At least one petition is already calling for the gravesite to be taken down.