Funeral held for boxer ‘Macho’ Camacho in NYC

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Hector "Macho" Camacho

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds cheered and shouted “Macho” when Hector Camacho’s coffin was carried out and loaded into a hearse after his New York City funeral.

On Saturday, about 300 people mourned in the stately East Harlem church that the former world champion boxer attended as a boy.

Camacho was fatally wounded in a Nov. 20 shooting in Puerto Rico. He was 50. Police continue to investigate.

The Rev. Frank Skelly remembered Camacho as a child and says that’s how God knows him.

St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church was about half-filled. Hundreds more waited behind police barricades across the street.

Camacho is to be buried after the service at St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.