UTICA, N.Y. (UPDATED) – The owner of a Utica funeral home suffered broken bones and vision loss after an altercation during a funeral service, according to her lawyer.
Attorney Mark Wolber represents the T. Revels Gibson Funeral Services owner, Monica Revels, and her boyfriend, Jeffrey Yeomans.
According to Wolber, the altercation happened during a funeral, where the mother of the deceased had requested not to have her daughter embalmed. The casked was closed, and when the family asked to see the body, Revels and Yeomans said a waiver needed to be signed in order to see the body.
"Essentially, the waiver says that you are going to be viewing a decomposing body, it could be gruesome, it could have an impact on you, and you're willing to waive any claim against the funeral home for allowing you to see the body," said Wolber.
The family refused to sign, and according to Wolber, a relative opened the casket anyway, which is when the fight allegedly broke out.
Revels suffered several injuries during the incident, which happened more than a month ago.
"She currently has no vision in her right eye, and has double vision in her left eye. She has three separate broken bones she's incurred as a result of this beating. She can't drive, she can't read, she really can't conduct her business in the funeral home,” said Wolber.
No names have been released, but Wolber said one man is under arrest for assault in connection with the incident. He said the district attorney will have to decide if further criminal charges will pursued again the other accused assailants, who Wolber said are mostly women.