Mourners bid farewell to victim of Brazil soccer club fire

Flamengo soccer fans pray for the teenage players killed by a fire, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. A fire early Friday swept through the sleeping quarters of an academy for Brazil's popular professional soccer club Flamengo, killing several and injuring others, most likely teenage players, authorities said. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Flamengo soccer fans gather to honor the teenage players killed by a fire, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. A fire early Friday swept through the sleeping quarters of an academy for Brazil's popular professional soccer club Flamengo, killing several and injuring others, most likely teenage players, authorities said. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A Flamengo soccer fan dressed as an angel and with his costume emblazoned with the word "Faith" joins others to honor the teenage players killed by a fire, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. A fire early Friday swept through the sleeping quarters of an academy for Brazil's popular professional soccer club Flamengo, killing several and injuring others, most likely teenage players, authorities said. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Flamengo soccer fan carries white flowers in honor of the teenage players killed by a fire, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. A fire early Friday swept through the sleeping quarters of an academy for Brazil's popular professional soccer club Flamengo, killing several and injuring others, most likely teenage players, authorities said. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A Flamengo soccer fan shows his tattoo on his chest that reads in Porguese "Red and Black Race" as he takes part in a demonstration in honor of the teenage players killed by a fire, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. A fire early Friday swept through the sleeping quarters of an academy for Brazil's popular professional soccer club Flamengo, killing several and injuring others, most likely teenage players, authorities said. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

SAO PAULO — 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 soccer club Flamengo.

Christian Esmerio Candido was one of 10 young soccer players killed at the Ninho do Urubu training ground Friday.

Wearing white T-shirts with Candido's photo, relatives, friends and Flamengo fans sang the team's anthem Sunday 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 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.

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