Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/30/12
Hector "Macho" Camacho returned to the New York neighborhood he knew so well and was given a hero's send-off by the thousands of mourners who lined the East Harlem streets where he was raised. The legendary boxer's casket was paraded through the same streets where he learned to fight in a white  horse-drawn carriage and was greeted by cheers of appreciation and tears of grief. Camacho's procession was nothing less than the flamboyant fighter would have wanted. The three-time champion's casket was draped in a Puerto Rican flag and and started its final trip in front of St. Cecelia's Catholic Church on East 106th Street, going up Fifth Avenue, across 116th street, back down Fifth Avenue and finally winding up back at the church. People followed the procession and marched behind the vehicles carrying Camacho's mourning friends and family. Overhead, people hung out windows waving Puerto Rican flags and chanted, "Macho. Macho" from behind police barricades. "I love you guys," s...
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