Brazil: Gay teenager murdered by skinheads, teeth ripped out by pliers
A gay teenager has been tortured and murdered by a gang of skinheads near the stadium that will host the World Cup opening ceremony this summer.
Kaique Batista dos Santos, 16, had all his teeth pulled out with pliers and was battered to death in a murder that has shocked LGBT activists in Brazil.
His sister Tayna said: “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.”
Kaique had attended a party in a gay nightclub before he disappeared. His wallet and mobile phone were stolen.
Party organiser Cristiano Pacheco, 32, said the case was “utterly horrific”.
He said: “He was a quiet kid, everyone loved him. Plucking teeth, iron bars – how can people do that?
“It is very upsetting for us to lose someone so dear in our family.
“Kaique was very young and hardly knew what life was.”
The 16-year-old’s body was found around a mile away from the Sao Paulo stadium. The venue is hosting the opening ceremony of the World Cup on 12 June.
A vigil will take place in memory of the fallen teenager in Sao Paulo on Friday.
The Department of Public Safety said it would not comment on the torture because the report is “confidential”.