Widow sues NY funeral home over BRAWL WITH IN-LAWS at husband's memorial service
Argument between the widow and her in-laws degenerated into a brawl but the funeral home did nothing to bring it under control
A brawl broke out at Marc Anthony Humberto Ramos' memorial service after Ormella Ramos, Marc's widow, and his family had an unpleasant encounter. The funeral in New York City quickly turned chaotic as arguments broke out between the widow and her late husband's family over the open casket. Now Ormella is suing the funeral house over the brawl, saying they failed to stop it.
The 26-year-old widow can be seen in a chaotic video from Funeraria Juan-Funeral John's Home in East New York avoiding slaps, jabs, and even gobs of spit from her in-laws. A friend of Ormella who had intervened to assist the widow was smacked by her sister-in-law after she yelled at her. The two sides then started fighting, which caused the decorations and even the casket of the deceased to collapse to the ground.
Shocking surveillance footage shows how the funeral brawl allegedly blew up as a result of a disagreement over whether or not to cremate the deceased's body. "This is really emotionally traumatizing for me and my family. I wanted to have some kind of positive memory for me and my children. I wanted some type of good memory from their dad," Ormella recounted the chaotic service to The NY Daily News on Sunday, July 10.
Ormella claimed that she and her husband Marc were high school sweethearts who had their first child when she was just 17 years old. She also claims that her husband's family did not support their relationship and that they held her responsible for the death of Marc, 22, who accidentally drowned in Hanging Rock State Park in June 2019.
The couple had four school-age children. "You can't bring their dad back, but what happened isn't right. He deserved a decent service as well," said Ormella, who is suing the funeral home on the grounds that the mortician could have done more to provide a safe and supervised atmosphere for her and her children.
In a complaint filed on Wednesday, July 13, in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Ormella claims that she told workers about "the numerous issues involving the family" and warned them of a possible attack. She now holds the employees of the East New York funeral home accountable for the incident. One of the sisters-in-law reportedly told Ormella the day before the funeral that they did not want her present at the service.
The lawsuit states that after she informed employees that the families were already on edge, they reportedly assured her that "they would handle everything." Ormella told The Daily News that she arrived at the funeral home to engage in conversation about the event with her late husband's best friend, but left right away after an altercation and some pushing started. She claimed to have left the funeral in an effort to calm things down.
According to Ormella, the dispute started when one of the sisters-in-law begged her to stop talking after she made a statement about how her husband looked in the open casket. "I was just trying to make a moment for myself," she remarked regarding the incident that sparked the fight. "I look over and she just gets up and starts screaming and saying I killed my husband." Ormella now claims she is suing the funeral home for failing to put an end to the brawl before it started.
"She told the funeral home beforehand and requested that they maintain some sort of order," Ormella's attorney Philip Rizzuto told the Daily News of the lawsuit. "Not only did they not, and they allowed this whole brawl to happen, they end up pulling Ms. Ramos aside and calling the cops and having her arrested. The charges were all dropped, but she was detained for about 30 hours."
In the lawsuit, it is alleged that funeral home employees fell short of their duty to provide her and her children with a secure atmosphere. John Nieman, the funeral home's owner, denied remembering the incident and has declined to comment on it.