The fairytale had been written, Chapecoense were ready for a continental crown. And then everything came to a cruel end on that flight to Medellin.
Chapecoense captain Cleber Santana became a club symbol, a player with experience at Brazil's biggest clubs and even a stint at Atlético Madrid.
Caio Júnior was the coach behind Chapecoense's historic Copa Sudamericana run. He barely had time to write a few brief lines in his latest fairytale.
Bruno Rangel was Chapecoense's Ceni, Pelé and Zico combined. He was the biggest idol in the club's fateful history.
Loved or hated, Mário Sérgio left no one indifferent -- on the field, as a coach or behind the mic. Brazilian football has lost one of its true icons.
Goalkeeper Danilo died alongside most of his Chapecoense teammates. He will forever be immortalized in the hearts of the club's faithful fans.