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Gay teenage boy murdered in Rio de Janeiro

Alexandre Thomé Ivo Rajão, a 14-year-old teenager, was murdered on June, 23, 2010, in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro. He was cruelly tortured before dying.

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5th July 2010 08:03

Alessia Valenza

The teenage boy was connected to Attitude LGBT Group, a Brazilian NGO that advocates for LGBT rights and fights against homophobia.

According to the coroner’s report, Alexandre was killed due to suffocation by hand and strangled with his own t-shirt. In addition, he had serious injuries to his skull, which were probably caused by blocks of stone and pieces of wood and iron.

He was on his way home around 2:30 a.m. when he was taken by three adult men and brutally murdered. His body was left on wasteland.

Police Officer Geraldo Assed suspects the crime was committed by skinheads, who were driven to murdering him because of sexual orientation intolerance. Three suspects have been arrested.

This is one of the most shocking cases of homophobic violence in the recent past times in Brazil. ABGLT (Brazilian National LGBT Asociation) urges the authorities to take all needed actions and severely punish those responsible for the crime. We cannot tolerate yey another case of impunity.

According to reports from the LGBT Group from Bahia (Grupo Gay da Bahia), 198 people, including lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals, were murdered in Brazil in 2009 alone, which represents an average of 1 murder every 2 days.

ABGLT demands that the bill of law which will consider discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity to be a crime be voted on and passed in order to help beat homophobia in our society.