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130,000 mourn Brazil presidential candidate Eduardo Campos who died when campaign jet crashed

Published on Aug 18, 2014 12:59 AM
 
Renata Campos (fourth from right), wife of the late Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, and their children set a picture of the father of five on the coffin containing his remains as his running mate Marina Silva (far right) reacts during his wake in Recife on August 17, 2014. A line of mourners stretching some 3km queued to file past Campos' coffin, placed outside Recife's local government headquarters to allow people to say a final farewell. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RECIFE, Brazil (AFP) - More than 130,000 mourners turned out to pay their respects to Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos here Sunday after the popular socialist politician's death in a plane crash last week.

A line of mourners stretching some 3km queued to file past Campos' coffin, placed outside Recife's local government headquarters to allow people to say a final farewell.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff was in attendance as ceremonies got under way with an open air mass.

Campos, 49, died when his campaign jet slammed into houses in Santos city in bad weather on Wednesday, killing all seven people on board and setting buildings alight.

 
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