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Jul 19, 2013 4:57 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

A New Kind of Hearse

SINTON - A Sinton funeral home is offering a new and unique way to take people's loved ones to their final resting place.

Today, the family of Jesus Murataya Senior made his dying wish come true by having him ride in the back of this motorcycle hearse.

"The gentleman we had today for the funeral, he's never ridden a motorcycle. But the family had said that he would love to ride a motorcycle. Well, today he got to ride on the back of a motorcycle hearse," said Resthaven Funeral Home Owner Lee Hickel.

"It's something special. It was his first one, his last one," said Murataya's daughter-in-law Ruby Perez.

Murataya died at the age of 68 after a long battle with cancer. His family says taking him to his final resting place in a motorcycle hearse suited him.

"He thought that they were loud and, you know, he was always going through town honking so why not go with a motorcycle and rev up," said Perez.

According to the funeral director this hearse is the first of it's kind here in the Coastal Bend, and Murataya was the first person to have his final ride in it. The Resthaven Funeral Home owner says it's a unique service he is proud to finally offer to the Coastal Bend.

"Just a different choice they can use to have one last ride," said Hickel.

This is a service the Murataya family says they are glad their loved one could take advantage of.

"Go out with a bang," said Perez.

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