Deportivo faithful raise roof in fitting tribute to slain fan
Published 02/04/2011 | 05:00
Football fans in Colombia will have to rewrite the terrace chant that declares their allegiance "till they die".
Cúcuta Deportivo supporters showed their loyalty can last into the afterlife when they brought a coffin containing a fan's corpse into the ground for the final minutes of their Primera A league match last week.
The coffin carried the body of 17-year-old Christopher Jacome, who was killed in a drive-by shooting while playing football in the street. Jacome was a member of la Barra del Indio, a hardcore supporters' group, and so to commemorate his passing his fellow fans received permission from his family to go to the funeral home, collect his coffin, and parade it at the match as homage to their slain friend.
His coffin quickly became the focal point of the crowd's celebrations following Diego Espinel's late equaliser for the home side.
Even his mother, Yamile, supported her son's final journey to the game on the shoulders of his red and black striped shirt-wearing friends and family.
"I took him to the stadium ever since he was a little boy. He loved the game and he loved his team, so what better way to honour him?" she said.