Mom Brings Dead Son to Soccer Game

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coffinWhen 17-year-old Cristopher Alexander Jácome Sanguino was shot and killed in a drive-by outside his home in Colombia, I don't think he imagined that he'd be at a soccer game the next day. That's exactly where he was, though. Thanks to his mother and 300 screaming fans.

Here's how it all went down: There were about 15 minutes left in the game. The police were spacing out. And in rushed between 200 to 300 fans, coffin in tow. See, Cristopher was a hard-core fan of Cúcuta Deportivo, one of the teams playing. And it seems like it was his dying wish to be there for this match -- except he didn't know he was going to die. So, is this really sweet or really creepy?

I'm going to go with creepy. I mean, Cristopher died the day before. Abruptly. I can't imagine having the strength to concoct such a plan at such a time, much less the will to carry it out. Not to mention the fact that I would be really nervous having my loved one's deceased body parading around such a rowdy place -- and that's body, not urn.

There's a part of me -- part of me -- that understands this, though. When someone we love dies, we want to honor them, do as they'd do (which, in this case, not so sure about -- I mean, would you want this?). But sometimes, and I'm thinking this was the case here, we're just flat-out not thinking straight.

Perhaps it would have been less ... strange if Cristopher's family had some sort of ceremony at their house with the game on? Or, and I hate to be crass here, if they brought him to the game if he was cremated. To bum-rush a stadium with thousands of drunk, fired-up fans? Doesn't seem like the safest place for a dead body.

Either way, it's incredibly sad that Cristopher was killed at such a young age and in such a violent way. If it brought his mother some solace, more power to her. I may be a bit straight-laced, but bringing deceased bodies to soccer games just isn't for me.

What do you think of Cristopher's body being brought to the soccer game?

 

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nonmember avatar Adriana

When I was in high school a schoolmate killed himself and his family brought the coffin for a last goodbye at his school, in latinamerica is not seen as wrong, for example if a bullfighter dies, usually they take the coffin for a last goodbye to the bull ring, it's all a matter of perspective and the different ways other countries view death and the traditions surrouing it.

Aislynn Ribbe Locklear

Agreeing with Adriana. I don't think this is weird enough to be on this site.

nonmember avatar alumette

Ridiculous as it seems to hold on to a decaying organic form, some people cannot let go. The spirit is gone and should be celebrated. The body should be disposed of and not carried around in social events. Poor taste...but people grieve their own way.

nonmember avatar Jo

I was waiting to read she killed him and he was propped up in the front seat! With the sick people in this world, this is actually rather nice.

nonmember avatar liliy

was it an open casket?

Melissa Smith

We'll, he was just dying to be there.

nonmember avatar Gramma KiAnna

Different cultures view death differently, and there are different practices for mourning. In Buffalo, NY, they carry on a tradition from the 1800s of treating Forest Lawn Cemetery as a public park. Americans used to picnic in cemeteries near the graves of loved ones to feel closer. In Europe, the church grounds are burial grounds, bones are routinely moved to ossuaries to make way for new bodies that will decompose in the ground, grave markers are moved and stacked against the exterior walls or used as flagstones. In Latin America, there's El Dia de Muerte, and in countries where space is at a premium and the ground too hard to dig, bodies are kept in temporary mausoleums, the bones to be collected after the body is decomposed. Asia has similar practices. In modern North America, we sanitize death, we consider the dead to be of the lowest caste, untouchable, and we avoid them at all costs.

nonmember avatar Harmy G

Thought it was a soccer game he was going to play in, not watch.

nonmember avatar cking

He could have watched the game just as well at the cemetary.

nonmember avatar J. Gonzalez

The rest of the world deals with death FAR different then we do. We see it as something scary, frightening, and bad. A big part of the world, especially the latin culture see it differently.

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