BOGOTA, Colombia – President Juan Manuel Santos will preside at the funeral for 28 of 33 children killed in a fire in an overcrowded bus bringing them home from Sunday School.
The government's press office says that Santos and his family will attend Wednesday's religious service in the community of Fundacion, near the Caribbean coast north of Bogota. One child has already been buried and separate arrangements have been made for the other four.
The children ranged in age from toddlers to 12 years. When the accident occurred May 18 they were traveling home from a small Pentecostal church down the road from the town where Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born.
Authorities are pressing charges against the bus driver, its owner and the church member who contracted the vehicle.