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Grand theft auto in the Los Angeles isn’t exactly surprising, but what if the stolen vehicle happens to be a hearse with a body still in it?

That was the grim reality for the family of Jonté Lee Reed when the hearse he was eternally resting in was jacked moments before his funeral was set to begin.

Reports theGrio:

Family and friends in South Los Angeles were expecting to mourn the death of 19-year-old Jonté Lee Reed Saturday morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

But after a man stole the hearse with Reed’s body in it, several of them had to give chase.

The suspect was reportedly mentally ill and later arrested. The Los Angeles Times’ Catherine Saillant has the details:

Meanwhile, family members driving to the funeral had been notified of the theft and saw a hearse passing them near 52nd and Main streets, about four blocks from the Baptist church. They made the driver pull over and began angrily arguing with him […]

Reed’s aunt, Johnnie Fortune told KTLA:

As I got here, everybody’s outside, there’s no hearse. There’s no body […]. They brought the hearse back on a truck.

KTLA reports the suspect will be charged with auto theft.

When ghostriding the whip goes wrong. Peep the pictures of the hearse on the next page.

Photos: KTLA

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