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Family Suspects Gay Bashing in Brutal Death of Teen in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The family of a 17-year-old whose body was found near a bridge less than a mile from the stadium where the World Cup will be hosted in downtown Sao Paulo is disputing police reports that call the teen's death a suicide, saying the details are far too gruesome for that to be the case.

KaiqueFamily members and friends believe that Kaique Augusto Batista dos Santos, who was found badly bruised all over his body and with his teeth pulled and injuries from an iron rod in his leg, was the victim of a gay bashing.

They said they believe gangs are responsible. Said Kaique's sister Tayna:

“These thugs enjoy beating and torturing with their bare hands and they are please to take the lives of homosexuals. He had bruises to his head and was probably kicked to death.”

Police told the family that because of overcrowding at the morgue the teen's body was not kept properly and that the state of the corpse was due to decomposition and not a beating. The body was reportedly not kept properly for several days.

Kaique had attended a party at a gay nightclub before he disappeared and his wallet and cell phone were taken. A vigil for the teen is scheduled to take place on Friday evening and more than a thousand people have said they will attend.

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  1. Some of the reports I have read say his teeth were pulled out with a pliers... how in hell is this considered a suicide?

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Jan 17, 2014 2:46:22 PM

  2. Suicide or not, the authorities were clearly negligent in their duty and disrespectful toward the family.

    I don't know if this level of incompetence is routine in São Paulo, but citizens there should demand better.

    At first glace, it certainly looks like corrupt police are covering for someone.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 17, 2014 3:03:45 PM

  3. Seventeen years old and tortured to death.

    This story is both horrible and frightening. Frightening because I can't help but put myself in his place that night (I guess it all happened at night).

    These are the kind of incidents that make us believers question...well, you know.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 17, 2014 3:28:47 PM

  4. You visit Brazil at your own risk. It has one of the highest violent crime rates in the world, much higher than the U.S. Even the worse U.S. cities are relatively peaceful compared to most of Central and South America.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 17, 2014 3:59:38 PM

  5. That's sick

    Posted by: Will | Jan 17, 2014 4:09:58 PM

  6. @derrick. ...god? you are right to have doubts. how can anyone be certain of a loving creator of this world

    Posted by: jaker | Jan 17, 2014 5:22:58 PM

  7. Do not walk by yourself late at night especially in an intoxicated state. Usually attackers are in pairs or groups and are discouraged if there are multiple targets.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 17, 2014 7:07:47 PM

  8. @JAKER: Actually, diseases, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, and the fact that most living creatures are designed to inflict pain, suffering and death on other living things in order to survive, clearly shows that there is no "loving creator".

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 18, 2014 2:43:44 AM

  9. @RANDY you're right, people shouldn't accept this kind of incompetence. People also shouldn't look the other way when their own countrymen fuel the hatred towards our brethren in Brazil. Part of it is classical machismo, but a lot of hatred is being stirred up by the growing evangelical movement that is heavily peddled by US Talibangelicals. These hatemongers need to be exposed by us, and made to answer for their crimes against humanity

    Posted by: MATUS | Jan 18, 2014 12:29:17 PM

  10. @Ratbastard - You're right. Brazil is a crime-ridden shythole. Don't be fooled by the beaches with the hotels & resorts; right behind them is a totally different world. It's like night and day.

    Posted by: Sad | Jan 18, 2014 1:49:15 PM

  11. there is no World Cup stadium in downtown São Paulo

    Posted by: V-8 | Jan 19, 2014 5:31:46 AM

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