Brazilian soccer player's severed head left on wife's doorstep (VIDEO)
Police are investigating the grisly death of Brazilian soccer player Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos, after his severed head was delivered in a bag to his horrified wife at their home on Tuesday morning.
Reports say that 35-year-old had recently tried to catch a group of thieves who had allegedly robbed his new health food store by posting their photos online. Now, officers suspect the same group of criminals is behind the horrific murder.
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Witnesses claim a group of men attacked Santos as he was closing his shop late on Monday night. His wife, Geiza Silva, found her husband's severed head, with the eyes and tongue cut out, in a knapsack left on their house's doorstep at around 5:30 the next morning. A police spokesperson also said other body parts had been found in the area as well and were being DNA tested.
Authorities initially believed Santos was killed by drug dealers from an area where his wife works at a military police base. Later, they came across photos, taken from security footage, that the former professional athlete had publicized in an attempt to catch the culprits behind an armed robbery that took place at his store, Forga Natural, back in August. "Guys, help me put these shop thieves in jail, I was robbed by these criminals, 08/13/13," he had written underneath the photo. "Whoever recognizes one of them help me!"
This is one of the most brutal and violent attacks I've ever heard of. I am so horrified just hearing of it, that I can't even begin to imagine what Santos' wife must have felt having discovered that bag. It's devastating enough to lose someone so close to you, but to do so in that way? Even the thought makes me feel sick to my stomach.
Police are continuing their investigation and hopefully, they'll soon be able to capture the disgusting criminals and give them what they deserve: a life behind bars. In the meantime, I also hope they're taking steps to ensure the safety of Santos' family. My thoughts go out to his wife and loved ones.
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