23 May 2024, 09:41

Brazil teen kills parents, sister after row over phone

SAO PAULO, May 23, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - A 16-year-old Brazilian boy upset over
having his cell phone taken away shot and killed his parents and sister in
the family's home, police said Wednesday.

The triple homicide took place Friday in Sao Paulo, but only came to light
Monday when the boy called police and confessed, the local security ministry
said in a statement.

Investigation chief Roberto Afonso said the teen, who is adopted, grew "very
frustrated" after his parents took his phone away following an argument.

The boy told investigators he got hold of the service gun belonging to his
father, a municipal policeman, and shot him in the back.

He then went upstairs and shot his 16-year-old sister in the face. When his
mother arrived home several hours later, he killed her with the same weapon,
police said.

The father was 57 and the mother 50, they said.

"We need to understand if this was frustration related to some sort of
psychological disturbance," Afonso told Brazilian network TV Record.

Police are also investigating whether someone else was involved, including
whether the boy spoke to anyone on the phone, he added.

The teen remained in the house with the three bodies from Friday until early
Monday, when he was arrested.
During that time, he went to the gym and made a purchase at a bakery. Still
"angry" on Saturday, he stabbed his mother's cadaver with a knife, Afonso

The boy, who is being held at a juvenile detention center, had a "cold"
demeanor when discussing the crimes, he said.

Minor defendants are protected by special legislation in Brazil and cannot be
tried as adults.

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