Hundreds of fans of Hector ''Macho'' Camacho turned out Friday for the public wake in the neighborhood where the slain former world champion fighter grew up in New York.
A carriage drawn by white horses carried Camacho's body around the streets of Spanish Harlem, taking the casket cover with a Puerto Rican flag to St. Cecilia's Catholic Church.
On a frigid afternoon, people waited patiently on the crowded sidewalks around the church. They chanted ''Macho time!'' - the phrase Camacho regularly used before his fights.
''Thank you, Nueva York,'' said Camacho's mother, Maria Matias.
The boxer's son, Hector Camacho Jr., had similar feelings. ''I was feeling down, feeling down, but these people definitely woke me up and lifted my spirits up,'' he said.
Camacho, a native of Puerto Rico, was shot in the face Nov. 20 while sitting in a parked car with a friend outside a bar in Bayamon, his hometown in the U.S. territory. The friend, Adrian Mojica Moreno, died at the scene and the boxer ...