Couple gets married at relative’s funeral

Mike Krumboltz
March 29, 2013

A Philadelphia couple honored a deceased relative by getting married at his funeral. reports that Reggie Wade and Monique McMillian-Wade tied the knot earlier this month at the funeral service for Wade's uncle, Gregory Scott, who had been shot and killed outside his home a few weeks before.

Here's where it gets really heartbreaking. Before he was shot, Scott promised McMillian-Wade that he would walk her down the aisle because her own father had died.

"This was the last time his presence was gonna be here with us, and he promised me," Wade said, referring to the wedding within a funeral. "It's like I got to live up to my word. We never lie to each other."

According to's report, Scott's widow, Alfreda Johnson-Scott, was very supportive of the unconventional combination. "We keep our promises, and he promised to give her away," she said. "It might not have been the right way, but he still gave her away—and he was dressed for the occasion."

Scott was a much admired and beloved figure in his neighborhood. After Scott died in a drive-by shooting, "2,000 people and several drill teams participated in a funeral procession that closed four blocks," according to

The Westside Weekly, which originally reported the wedding, quoted Wade, who said, "Monique and I had discussed our plans about our marriage at the family meeting after we attended the medical examiner's office, after seeing my uncle's body. We wanted to do this for him because we knew he wanted to be there to see us get married."