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Brazil police arrest ‘skateboard Nazis’ in brutal murder of gay teen

Monday, February 3, 2014

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Brazilian police on Sunday arrested a gang of neo-Nazi skateboarders for the brutal murder of an 18 year-old gay teen last weekend in São Paulo.

The six suspects, aged between 16 and 23, have confessed to the Jan. 26 killing of Bruno Borges de Oliveira.

Bruno Borges de Oliveira

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Bruno Borges de Oliveira

Oliveira was attacked in the early morning hours after returning from the gay friendly Frei Caneca shopping mall, said São Paulo police, in a statement. The gang attacked Oliveria and two friends, who managed to escape and notify the police.

They stole Olivera’s shoes, mobile phone, and public transport ticket before punching, kicking and reportedly hitting his head with a skateboard.

“When we came back he was already dead,” reported one of his friends, who preferred to remain unidentified.

Police initially insisted that Oliveria’s murder was due to a robbery, despite his family repeatedly stating that the motivation was homophobic. It has since been reported that on the night that Oliveira was murdered, the gang attacked at least three people gay people.

According to police general Wagner Giudice, gang members confessed to another anti-gay attack just 90 minutes prior to murdering Oliveria.

Police said the gang had been targeting LGBT people in recent weeks, carrying out a series raids against people leaving São Paulo gay nightclubs.

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“They chose their victims for being gay,” police spokesman Ruy Ferraz Fontes told the daily Folha de São Paulo.

“They stole the victim’s belongings as part of a ritual of humiliation,” he said.

Authorities have released photos of the suspects and said they expected more victims to come forward.

Sergio Viula, a journalist and LGBT rights activist, told LGBTQ Nation that “a staggering 44 percent of all worldwide violent crimes against LGBT people carried out in 2012 were committed In Brazil.”

“Last year we saw well over 300 LGBT people murdered, with 34 people killed this January alone (2014),” he said.

“Our government colluded with Brazil’s powerful Evangelical lobby and scrapped a recent bill that would have outlawed and punished hate crimes, leaving LGBT people unprotected,” said Viula

“If Brazil won’t protect its own LGBT citizens, how could we expect it to guarantee the safety of visitors to the World Cup Games and Olympics that are to be held here?” he said.

Brazil is scheduled to host the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. Hang the SOB’s in public, let them rot off the ropes !

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:15pm
  2. oh god what

    Replied on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:18pm
  3. I don't advocate violence but I'm 100% with you Phil!

    Replied on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:19pm
  4. eye for a eye, that is the way it should have stayed.

    Replied on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:20pm
  5. It was horrible what happened but killing more people is never a solution.

    Replied on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:22pm
  6. (Daniel) "I don't advocate violence but yeah let's advocate violence."

    Replied on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:01pm
  7. so sad

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:16pm
  8. I agree with Phil 100%!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:20pm
  9. Disappointing. I thought skaters could be strong in embracing differences.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:21pm
  10. Not all skaters are like this, clearly. These are small minded Nazi imbeciles that happened to skateboard as a hobby.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:23pm
  11. R.I.P.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:24pm
  12. Brazil is the unique country that neo – nazi can be black person ! oh shit !!!!!! WTF !?

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:24pm
  13. HE MUST NOT LIVE ANYMORE..

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:33pm
  14. Beat them in the head with their skateboards…

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:34pm
  15. this is interesting because I have skateboarders that passed by me not to kill me of course but to bother me yes, ummm

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:36pm
  16. glad they caught the haters

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:40pm
  17. Shocking, unfortunately quite common in Brazil…

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:42pm
  18. an eye for an eye

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:45pm
  19. Good. We need to see the full extend of Justice done in Sao Paulo.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:51pm
  20. So sad…. Where murderers rapists Rome free and poor lgbt people are killed for being themselves

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:05pm
  21. Michelle Diane

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:44pm
  22. Nazi I wonder what religious group or church backs the killing of gays?

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:49pm
  23. Let’s face it. LGBT people are under siege worldwide.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:49pm
  24. String them up.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:54pm
  25. why? what is wrong with people?

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 8:31pm
  26. awful

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 10:26pm