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Colombian fans bring friend's coffin to soccer game

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Colombian soccer fans took sports allegiances to a new level last Sunday by carrying a coffin of a dead comrade to a championship game between Cúcuta Deportivo and Envigado.

Supporters of Cúcuta Deportivo carry a coffin during a match against Envigado
Supporters of Cúcuta Deportivo carry a coffin during a match against Envigado

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Cúcuta hooligans brought the casket into the stadium as a tribute to 17-year old fan Christopher Jacome, who was shot dead while playing in a neighborhood park on Saturday.

Jacome, a member of Barra del Indio, a supporters group known for their strange antics at matches, was apparently considered a super fan.

So to commemorate his passing, his fellow members of the Barra del Indio received permission from his family to go to the funeral home, collect his coffin, and parade it at the match as homage to the slain soccer fan.

"They don't let in the barras (fanatics) but they do let in a corpse," Cúcuta medical staff Julio Rivera told the press. "This is the only part of the world where this has happened."


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