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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Brazil: Father Kills Children, Is Lynched

A man accused of having beaten his two young children to death with a metal bar was lynched Wednesday by his neighbors in a rural part of the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, police said.

The father, a farmer identified as Raimundo Ribamar Ferreira, was stabbed and hacked to death by an unknown number of people, some of whom were wielding machetes, after his wife denounced him for killing the two children.

The identities of the members of the lynch mob have not been determined by the police.

Ferreira’s wife told police that he came home drunk Tuesday night and, after the couple argued, he attacked his children with a steel bar.

The couple’s 2-year-old daughter died right away upon being struck multiple times with the bar, but the 9-month-old baby boy survived long enough to be taken to the hospital, where he died.

The local police commander, Glaukus Menck, said that dozens of the family’s neighbors lynched the attacker in front of his house, but none of them has been identified or arrested because nobody is willing to cooperate with the authorities’ investigation.

link: Latin American Herald Tribune - Neighbors Lynch Brazilian Accused of Killing His Kids


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