Shortly after, when the wayward vagabond's brother was called into the morgue to make a positive identification on the body, he saw his brother lying on the table and took the corpse home so his family could hold a wake.
Living dead: A 41-year-old car washer in Brazil shocked his family when he interrupted a funeral being held for him at his mother's home after police wrongly identified a murder victim
Police inspector Roberto Lima said that Jose Marcos took the body to his mother's Alagoinhas home where a wake was held on Tuesday
'The confusion started when news started circulating that a car washer had been shot dead,' Jose Marcos' wife, Ana Paula, told the UOL Internet news portal.
'Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue,' she explained.
Mother's love: Gilberto Araujo's mother, Marina Santana, was shocked and overjoyed to see her son after a friend told the man that his family thought he was dead and he should go and let them know he was okay
'The two men closely resembled each other and both worked as car washers,' Lima said adding that no further information on Gama was immediately available.
According to Gawker, the family had not seen or heard from Mr Araujo in the four months before the vexing case of mistaken identity.
A few hours before the Monday burial 'a friend of Gilberto's saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was mourning him,' he said.