“Nobody saw, nobody knows anything” – that was the conclusion of the preliminary investigation by the military policeman of the Police Guard Battalion (Batalhão de Polícia de Guarda) after they were called to the Loteamento São Caetano, in the neighborhood of Tabuleiro dos Martins, Maceió, Brazil.
18 year old José Pereira da Silva Junior was found dead in a pool of blood, his body riddled with gunshot and stab wounds. The only certainty at this time – according to the police – is that three men armed with handguns and knives arrived on foot and opened fire at the victim.
Mortally wounded, da Silva Junior still managed to run a few meters in a bid to hide in a nearby house because the door was open. But the attackers chased him and caught up with him in the kitchen where the victim collapsed. Unable to fight back, the attackers finished him off by stabbing him to death.