Hugo Vinicius, young footballer beheaded: the body found in a river in Brazil

The 19-year-old was dismembered. According to the police, he was the victim of a murder of passion. Suspect arrested, five others monitored by police

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A macabre news has shaken Brazil and the world of green and gold amateur football. The body of a young player, the 19-year-old talent Hugo Vinicius Skulny Pedrosa, was found dismembered and decapitated in a river. Before his disappearance, the footballer had attended a party at a gas station across the border in Paraguay, then was accompanied by some friends near the house of his ex-girlfriend in Sete Quedas, a city in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. According to the Brazilian press, the last time he was seen alive was around 5 am on June 25.

Body recognized thanks to a tattoo

The terrible discovery of the boy’s remains took place on July 2 in a river in the municipality of Sete Quedas, the Iguatemi. The police managed to recover a part of the hip, torso and thigh, remains that allowed the identification of the victim. Only a small part of his head has so far been found on July 4th. The body parts were taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Dentistry (IMOL) for further analysis. According to reports from the Brazilian press, the recognition was possible thanks to a tattoo that Hugo had on his body in memory of his deceased father.

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The police: “Victim of a murder of passion”

Hugo lived with his grandmother, who said she received a call from him the night they went missing, and the 19-year-old assured her everything was fine and she needn’t worry. The mother reported her missing the next day, July 26th. The authorities continue the search in hopes of finding the other remains of the young man in the river. Meanwhile, the Police after the first investigations stated that the footballer was probably the victim of a crime of passion, underlining that he was killed with three shots and that the body would then be dismembered into small pieces with an electric saw and a band saw.

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How are the investigations going?

A man suspected of involvement in the player’s murder was arrested on Monday 3 July. But the lens of the investigators is also focusing on five other people. Police seized tools and vehicles that may have been used in the crime.

 
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