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Charity employees from the Funeraria del Pueblo, or People’s Mortuary, transport the remains of murder victim Marvin Adalid Membreno, 19, as his relatives ride in the truck bed next to his coffin from the morgue to a church to hold a wake Aug. 17 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The charities that provide the coffins, and sometimes free transportation and soft drinks to the bereaved, are run using public funds by three elected officials.

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