Two teens have been arrested in connection with the murder of Lawrence CorrÃªa BiancÃ£o, a 20 year-old student, in Campo Grande, in the south west of Brazil.
The two confessed to the crime and stated that their motivation was theft and homophobia.
‘He wanted to kiss me and I wanted to kill him’, declared the boy who killed BiancÃ£o to daily Campo Grande News.
According to Wellington Oliveira, the police detective in charge of the investigation, the teens, who were arrested on Tuesday (11 December), told in detail how they planned to kill BiancÃ£o, from making his acquaintance, arranging to meet him, to killing and leaving him dead at the scene.
According to the teens’ statements, one of them met the communication and publicity student two weeks prior to the crime in Orla Morena, a promenade in the city of Campo Grande, capital of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.
He said that while walking on the promenade he met BiancÃ£o who made a pass at him.
The two talked and exchanged phone numbers.
According to police, the teen then spoke with a friend and agreed they would meet and kill BiancÃ£o, steal his car and drive away to a nearby state.
The two arranged to meet on Sunday morning, at the same place where they had first seen each other.
The two teens entered BiancÃ£o’s Ford Fiesta, drove off and masturbated and then returned in the car to the meeting place.
As they were saying their goodbyes, the teen seated behind the student grabbed his seat belt and strangled him. BiancÃ£o was left dead around 4am, Sunday (9 December).
According to the police detective, the two killers confessed to attempting to throw the student’s corpse out of car but gave up after they found it too heavy and calculating that the spot would not be a good place get rid of it.
They left the crime scene with the victim’s cell phone, documents, car keys and even the car stereo.
The objects were found at the home of one of the teens.
The police detective said the boy who killed BiancÃ£o stated ‘for me, gays are vermin’ – making clear this was a hate crime and robbery.
The detective remarked: ‘the police work is done, now it is up to the judiciary’.
Police will now check if the vehicle had been commissioned by someone from the neighbouring state of Minas Gerais.
BiancÃ£o was found dead in the early afternoon of Sunday (9 December), inside his car with the seatbelt around his neck.
He had been out with friends on Saturday night, who told the police the full name of the teen BiancÃ£o arranged to meet.
Recently, Brazil’s Grupo Gay da Bahia (GGB) documented 266 murders of gays, lesbians and transvestites in Brazil last year, six times more than in 2010.
According to Professor Luiz Mott, an anthropologist at the Federal University of Bahia and founder of the GGB: ‘The underreporting of these crimes is striking, indicating that the number represents just the tip of an iceberg of cruelty and blood.
‘Since the federal government refuses to build a database on hate crimes against homosexuals, we based this report on newspaper and online news, which is certainly far from covering all of these claims’.
According to Mott, Brazil has the largest amount of anti-gay hate murders in the world.