According to reports from TV and Black Women of Brazil, Roberto de Souza Penha, 16, was living with his family in Morro da Lagartixa in Complex do Chapadão. Though he was still going to school, he had newly got a job in a supermarket. Happy with his first salary, he and his friends went to a mall where he bought a cell phone. They then retuned home. A few hours later, when the friends were feeling hungry around 01.00 a.m, Roberto de Souza Penha, the brothers Wesley Castro, 25, and Wilton Esteves Domingos Junior, 20, Cleiton Corrêa de Souza, 18, and Carlos Eduardo da Silva Souza, 16, entered Wilton's car and left the community to get something to eat.
They were shot on Estrada João Paulo (Highway) by the military police. According to relatives of the victims, the agents attempted to alter the crime scene which seems to be a common practice when police kill Afro-Brazilians. A toy pistol, a revolver and other objects were found on the scene by forensics though none of the young men was armed! Relatives and friends of the victims say they were innoncent. Though all of them did not die immediately, like in many other cases, police neither provided any help to them nor allow anyone to help.
Witnesses said the military police confused the boys with criminals that were making a convoy with a truck full of drinks stolen on Avenida Brasil and was being taken to the community. Over a hundred shots were fired by police officers. At least fifty shots hit the car where the boys were, as reported by Bom Dia Rio. The young men's car was totaly riddled with bullets.
“It didn’t involve racism. It’s an error and error that we combat as I said here. We will combat it. It’s not racism,” said Rio’s governor Luiz Fernando Pezão
No, no, and no! It is racism! When have the military police ever opened fire on a car full of young white men and killed them all? We do not know of such a reported case.
In a study divulged in the year 2015, Amnesty International pointed out that 79% of people killed by Military Police between 2010 and 2013 in Rio de Janeiro were black,
99.5% male and 75% were between the ages of 15 and 29, the age range that fit the five victims of this bloodbath.
Data put forward by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo on November 10, 2014 shows that Brazilian police kill six people a day, of which five are Afro-Brazilians!
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