Prata, Brazil – Eri Erisberto died more than a year ago, but that didn’t prevent his brother, Elderlandes Rosa, 29, from taking his body for a bike ride. According to police, Rosa says his brother, who was 30 when he died, came to him in a dream and asked to be taken on a bike ride, something the brothers did together when Erisberto was alive.
Reportedly, on Sunday night, Rosa went to the cemetery and unearthed Erisberto’s coffin. He then attached it to the back of his bike. Residents immediately called police. They also took photos and videos of the incident, posting them to social media.
Sources say that when police arrived, Rosa would not obey their commands. He had to be subdued and handcuffed, according to reports.
Rosa told officers that he missed his brother, and admitted to removing Erisberto from the coffin for a “chat” before their “ride.”
One of the responding Police officer’s, Luciano Goncalves, explained, “We received phone calls from the public and went to investigate. The man said he was missing his brother a lot. So he went to get the coffin, broke the lid and took him out to have a chat.”
Rosa told Brazil’s Vitoriosa TV that he’d made a promise to his brother. “I said that if he died first, I would take him out on the streets, to the places where he liked to go. Now I’ve kept that promise I’ll stay calm and carry on,” Rosa said. “Those who want to laugh at me or joke, you can do what you want. I think like this, if I have to do something I do it.”
Rosa also said he would seek “help”, saying he would find “something that can help me keep calm and get my head in the right place.” Rosa’s family says he took Erisberto’s death badly, unable to accept it.
Rosa was arrested for abuse of a corpse, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail. He’s been released pending a court hearing. Erisberto was returned to his grave the day after the incident.
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