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Chapeco plans large memorial service Saturday

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12-03-2016 15:53 BJT

The deadly plane crash involving Brazilian side Chapocoense. Friday, the remains of several Brazilians who were among the 71 people died in the accident were repatriated back home.

Brazilian and Colombian soldiers loaded several caskets onto the large cargo planes Friday evening. The bodies will be transported to the city of Chapeco in southern Brazil, home of the soccer team that had been travelling to Colombia for a big match when their plane went down near Medellin.

Friday, the remains of several Brazilians who were among the 71 people died in the accident were repatriated back home.

Friday, the remains of several Brazilians who were among the 71 people died in the accident were repatriated back home.

Nineteen of the dead were members of the soccer club, and many more were support staff and journalists following the team. Meanwhile, the city of Chapeco is planning a large memorial service Saturday. At Chapecoense's home stadium, volunteers decorated the gates next to the pitch with more than one-thousand origami tsuru birds.

Organizers say that according to a Japanese tradition, for every thousand origamis, a wish will come true. The tsuru bird also represents peace. And the mother of Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo spoke of her son on ahead of his funeral. Danilo was found alive after the plane crash, but died from his injuries. His mother stressed that she will get strength from fans' support. 

"Here look. The fans, those who scream Danilo, Danilo, Danilo in the stadium. That is where I find strength. I will be standing, I don't know after the funeral, but I will be standing together with the fans that loved my son," said Alaide Padilha, Danilo's mother.

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