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Cedar Rapids coach lost "35 good friends" in Colombia plane crash

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A deadly plane crash that killed 71 people including almost an entire Brazilian soccer team hits close to home for one man in Cedar Rapids.

Along with the professional soccer team, 21 journalist were also on the plane which was headed for the finals of the South American Championship.

News of the tragedy was especially shocking for Cedar Rapids Rampage Assistant Coach Chico Perisotto.

"I'm still in shock. I can't believe I lost 35 good friends that I played together, I worked together for like six years and it's like, like I said, I don't know when I'm going to believe this," he told us.

Chico is from Chapeco and started his professional soccer career on the Chapecoense soccer team.

"They gave me the opportunity to follow my career and be a professional soccer place," he says.

The head coach of the Rampage is also from Brazil.

"We have a game in the east coast just this weekend and everybody's gonna be on a plane so whether you like it or not it stays in your mind," Head Coach Hewerton Moreira says.

Chico told us he wishes he could be there for the families back home but he feels prayer can help from thousands of miles away.

"The guys they left but they have their families behind kids, wives, parents. So we need everyone to like pray, at least pray for them because we are far away we cannot do anything so if we pray I think we are gonna help them," he says.

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