FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – There’s an estimated 300,000 Brazilians living in Massachusetts, and many of them have settled in Framingham.
In the downtown area of the Metrowest town there are blocks of Brazilian owned businesses. On Tuesday, many of those store owners were tuned into Global TV, watching news reports of the soccer plane tragedy in Portuguese.READ MORE: Massachusetts Surpasses Goal Of 4.1 Million People Vaccinated Against COVID-19
“They were loved by everyone in Brazil, everyone in the world.” That is how one woman spoke about the members of the Chapecoense soccer team and others killed in the crash.READ MORE: Boston Marathon Will Return To Patriots Day For 2022
The owner of a cellphone store was on Facebook, watching her fellow Colombians change their profile pictures to the team logo with a ribbon on it.
At Brazilian radio station A Brasileira in Framingham, the show hosts asked listeners to pray. IIma Paixao, the station’s General Manager, told WBZ “It’s hard to put words to this tragedy.”MORE NEWS: Steamship Authority Says It Did Not Pay Ransom In Disruptive Cyberattack
She added, “Brazil is one big team when it comes to soccer. We have players and cheerleaders and we’re all part of that team.”