Brazil mourns Chapecoense crash victims at packed stadium wake
On a rainy Saturday that only accentuated the grief, 20,000 people filled a tiny stadium under umbrellas and plastic ponchos to say goodbye to members of the Chapecoense football club who died in a plane crash.
Roughly 100,000 people took part in the ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of this week’s tragic plane crash in Colombia on Saturday. As the team’s stadium – the Arena Condá – has just 19,000 seats, two giant screens were set up outside for the crowds in the surroundings. The ceremony happened under torrential rains. “God also cries. That’s why it is raining so much today,” said Luciano Buligon, Chapecó’s mayor.
A message of Brazilian player Neymar was shown during the ceremony (see video above). “From here in Barcelona: My condolences. My prayers go to the families and the warriors that are gone. ‘Tamo Junto.’ May God bless and comfort us forever. Vamos Chape!”, said the player of FC Barcelona.
Thousands also lined the roads as the coffins were driven in a procession from the airport to the stadium memorial.
Soldiers wearing berets carried the coffins into the stadium on their shoulders, sloshing through standing water and mud on a field filled with funeral wreaths, club and national flags, and other tributes.
As the ground became wetter the number of coffins brought into the stadium grew as fans paid their respects to the dead. Some 100,000 people took to the streets - half of Chapeco’s population - and around 20.000 packed into the team’s stadium for the tribute.
A floral tribute marked out the centre circle at the home of Chapecoense Real football club, where 10 days ago the team celebrated their progression to the final.
Hundreds of floral tributes were left on the field as the coffins were carried on the pitch one final time.
Fans who could not get into the stadium took any vantage point possible to pay their final respects to the tragic team mates
Brazilian soldiers react during a memorial ceremony with the coffins of the victims of the plane crash in Colombia.
While thousands of fans mourned, families were reunited with the bodies of their loved ones for a funeral procession.
Relatives of the members of the Chapecoense enter the field and hold up cards bearing images of the players who died in the crash.
Fans mourn the loss of the people during the crash and hold each other during their grief.
Fans inside the stadium said their thanks to Colombia for their response to Tuesday’s tragedy near Medellin.
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