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article imageSoccer fans bring dead teen's body to match in Colombia

By Kim I. Hartman     Mar 30, 2011 in Sports
Friends and family of a murdered teen paid their final respects to the young man by hoisting his casket on to their shoulders and carrying him into a soccer match at the General Santander Stadium in Cucuta, Colombia.
"It was like a scene from Weekend at Bernie's," according to Fox News, when the avid soccer fan was carried to the match between Cucuta Deportivo and Envigado.
Following his wake on Sunday, "friends from 'Barra del Indio' took the cadaver and coffin from the funeral home and paraded it around the city and then into the stadium in an attempt to pay homage to the slain soccer fan," said Colombia Reports.
Barra del Indio fans are known in Colombia for their aggressive antics and outrageous behaviour at soccer matches in the city when their home team plays. There have been occasions when the fanatics have been prohibited from entering previous games.
The teen, 17-year-old Christopher Jacome, was reportedly shot and killed while playing soccer the day before. His friends wanted to give him the farewell he would have wanted.
Julio Rivera, medic for the Cúcuta team, told the news media, "They don't let in the "barras" (fanatics) but yes, a cadaver. This is the only part of the world where this has happened."
Authorities report a large crowd of 200 to 300 fans rushed into the stadium over the weekend when an exit gate was opened creating an uncontrollable situation in which the police were forced to back-down, according to El Mundo.
"The Commander of the police in Cúcuta, Álvaro Pico, said what happened as unfortunate incident." An investigation has been opened to determine who was responsible for taking the body without permission from the funeral to the soccer stadium. Police say they have identified a few of the mourners who were carrying the coffin that supposedly contained Jacome's body.
El Mundo reports that the family and friends of the deceased gave statements that were contrary to those of police authorities. They said "The entrance to the stadium was made without abuse of force and only to fulfill the last wish of the deceased, without any criminal intention."
Officials of General Santander Stadium Stadium said "They will hold a meeting to find out who allowed the dead body to be brought to the match."
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