Mourners bid farewell to Flamengo fire victim
SAO PAULO (AP):
Hundreds of grief-stricken people have attended the funeral of a 15-year-old who was killed in a fire at the training ground of Brazilian football club Flamengo.
Christian Esmerio Candido was one of 10 young footballers killed at the Ninho do Urubu training ground on Friday.
Wearing white T-shirts with Candido’s photo, relatives, friends and Flamengo fans sang the team’s anthem yesterday and chanted ‘Flamengo, Flamengo’ as they accompanied the coffin at Rio de Janeiro’s Iraja cemetery.
The goalkeeper was considered a rising star and had already played for Brazil’s national team’s youth division.
Alan Silva said that his nephew’s dream was to help his parents leave the shantytown where they live and become a starter with the national team.
“But unfortunately, we lost a great player; a great warrior,” he said.