Haiti holds official funeral for victims of Carnival tragedy

February 21, 2015 7:51 PM

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Haiti holds official funeral for victims of Carnival tragedy

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti's president and prime minister attended a rare official funeral on Saturday for the victims of a Carnival stampede that killed 17 people earlier this week, accompanying relatives of the dead and hundreds of other mourners at the open air ceremony on a main city avenue.

A red and blue national flag was draped over the coffins, each bearing a photo of the victim, while a banner over the main stand read: "In good times as in bad times, we are Haiti."

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