The family of a pregnant teenager who is reported to have died in Honduras earlier this month used a sledgehammer to smash open her tomb after they claimed to have heard her screaming from inside the concrete structure.
The dramatic rescue attempt was captured on video, as frantic family members purportedly responded to the shrieking and banging just one day after 16-year-old Neysi Perez's death.
Cemetery worker Jesus Villanueva also confirmed hearing muffled sounds from inside, according to Primer Impacto.
Perez's husband, Rudy Gonzales, told media outlets that the sounds from within left him "full of hope," as he and others took action and broke open the tomb before rushing the teenager's lifeless body to a local hospital in an effort to save her — but to no avail.
"As I put my hand on her grave I could hear noises inside. I heard banging, then I heard her voice," he said. "She was screaming for help."
Watch a news report, which includes the dramatic rescue attempt below (caution: graphic footage):
The purported circumstances surrounding Perez's death are as curious as the attempt to rescue her.
Three months pregnant and newly married to Gonzales, she is said to have recently collapsed one night at her home before beginning to foam at the mouth — a symptom that led her parents to believe that she was possessed, the New York Daily News reported.
The family is said to have sought a priest to attempt an exorcism, but Perez later died.
Doctors tried to save the teenager after she was removed from the tomb, but claim that she was deceased when she arrived at a local hospital. Footage shows her family members fanning her body after opening the tomb and reading a Bible as they prayed over her.
Perez's family also claims that the glass on top of her coffin was smashed and that her fingertips were bruised when they uncovered her body — evidence that some believe corroborates the notion that she was buried alive.
Her body was later placed back in the same tomb, according to the Daily News.
(H/T: New York Daily News)
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