- Title: Honduras buries their dead from soccer stampede
- Date: 29th May 2017
- Summary: TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS (MAY 29, 2017) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF FUNERAL FOR VICTIM OF SOCCER STAMPEDE PHOTOS OF VICTIM ABOVE COFFIN MOURNER BY OPEN CASKET WOMAN MOURNING ABOVE OPEN CASKET WOMEN ABOVE OPEN CASKET FAMILY GATHERED AROUND COFFIN SOCCER SHIRT DRAPED ON COFFIN MOURNERS GATHERED AROUND COFFIN MOURNERS LOOKING AT PHOTOS ON COFFIN (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) WIFE OF STAMPEDE VICTIM, REYNA FUENTES, SAYING: "I went to the hospital and I found him already in the morgue, he was all wet. There was a tank which they used and they got him all wet. I don't know if it was the water, the force of the water that brought him down. I don't know but they killed him." WOMAN LOOKING THROUGH OPEN CASKET MOURNERS SITTING AT FUNERAL (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POLICE SPOKESPERSON, JULIAN HERNANDEZ, SAYING: "There are two important points that should be investigated. One of them is the oversale of tickets by the club and the other is falsification of tickets by the black market."
- Embargoed: 12th June 2017 22:58
- Keywords: investigation dead stampede soccer Honduras
- Location: TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS
- City: TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS
- Country: Honduras
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IW777N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Families in Honduras on Monday (May 29) began burying the dead from a soccer stampede that killed at least four people when hundreds of fans tried to break past barricades to get into a national soccer final match.
Soccer fan and father Jose Vidal was among those killed in the deadly stampede on Sunday (May 28). Mourners gathered in Tegucigalpa to pay their final respects as family members demand answers into how the incident escalated.
Reyna Fuentes, Vidal's wife, told Reuters she found her husband soaking wet when she went to the morgue to identify the body.
Television footage of the moment before the stampede showed hundreds of fans, including many children, trying to get into the soccer field by jumping barricades.
Security at the stadium reportedly used water to displace the crowd.
Police are investigating possible stadium overcapacity and the sale of counterfeit tickets for the deadly incident.
Officials reported that 25 people were also injured in the stampede before the grand final match between teams Motagua and Honduras Progreso.
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