Dead Fan Catches Final Soccer Game

Coffin carrying murdered teen smuggled into Colombian stadium
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2011 2:03 AM CDT
Dead Fan Catches Final Soccer Game
Cucuta Deportivo soccer fans carry a coffin containing the remains of 17-year-old Cristopher Jacome, into a soccer match against Envigado at General Santander Stadium in Cucuta, Colombia.   (AP Photo/ Efrain Patino)

A 17-year-old soccer fan in Colombia didn't let death stop him from being there for the big game. As police opened the gates near the end of a match between Cucita Deportivo and Envigado to let fans out, hundreds rushed in, bearing the teen's coffin, reports the Independent. Police were taken completely by surprise and the deceased fan—who had been gunned down while playing soccer in the street the previous day—made it into the stands in time to "witness" his beloved Cucuta score a last-minute equalizer.

"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 honor him?" the teen's mother said. Click here for another bizarre story from the world of Colombian soccer. (More Colombia stories.)

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