Brazil: Teenager confesses to stadium tragedy

source: Xinhua.org

Brazil: Teenager confesses to stadium tragedy He’s just 17 and claims he cannot live with what he did. Young supporter of Corinthians admitted it was him setting off the signal flare that killed 14yo Kevin Beltran in Bolivian Oruro, Xinhua reports.

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Weekend saw funeral ceremony attended by thousands in Bolivian city of Oruro. People demand punishment for Kevin losing his life after being hit with a signal flare in the eye. The pyrotechnic material was set off from away section, occupied by Brazilian Corinthians supporters.  

"First of all I want to say sorry not only to the family of Kevin, but to all the guys who were arrested," H.A.M said. "I feel like the worst person in the world. I bitterly regret what I did.

"I am not protecting anybody. I only want to assume responsibility for what I did because it`s not right that others pay the price for something they didn`t do."

12 Corinthians fans remain in police custody in the Bolivian city of Oruro, two of whom who have been charged with homicide. H.A.M said he only learned of the boy`s death while leaving the stadium after the match. He did not immediately confess to the crime due to his fear of the consequences.

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