Brazilian soccer player Tiago da Rocha Vieira, 22, found out he was going to be a dad with wife Graziele a week before he died in Monday night’s plane crash over a mountainous area in Medellín, Colombia.
Video of the striker — known as “Tiaguinho” — from last Wednesday shows the moment he received the joyous news. Surrounded by his Chapecoense soccer teammates, Tiaguinho cries out with joy and hugs his fellow players.
Graziele, who is now just over a month pregnant, and Tiaguinho were two weeks away from celebrating their one-year anniversary when he died, according to CNN.
His cousin, Gilmara Marins, says the family is in mourning, but “thankful” and excited to welcome the baby.
“His wife’s pregnancy is a small miracle. It is a small part of Tiaguinho that stays behind with us,” Marins told CNN.
“He always wanted to be a young father, so I am happy that he got to have that last joy.”
The soccer player was one of 71 people killed on board the plane — most were Chapecoense players, journalists and staff. The team was headed to Colombia to play in the Copa Sudamericana finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday.
The excited players were posting selfies and videos before the plane took off, but then the unthinkable happened.
The charter aircraft crashed into a mountainous area in the Antioquian municipality near the José María Córdova International Airport in Medellín, where the team was set to arrive. Only six survived.
Tiaguinho’s family is still in shock over his tragic death.
“His mother still cannot believe what happened. She is still waiting for him to be alive,” Marins told CNN. “But his death has been confirmed, so we are just awaiting the arrival of the body. That is all we can do now. Wait for him to come home.”