The murder of four children between the ages of four and seven in a nursery in Brazil shook the country on Wednesday: with an ax and a knife, a 25-year-old man killed the children to then try to escape and end up turning himself in to the police.
"Today is a day that leaves all of us human beings disgusted by what a figure that looks human, that has a head, arm, legs, eyes, but that committed a monstrosity, that I think all of us, who are parents We, grandparents, mothers and uncles never imagined that it could happen," President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said during a government event.
The scene of the crime was the "Cantinho Bom Pastor" nursery, in the city of Blumenau, in the southern state of Santa Catarina. The victims are three boys and a girl. Four other children were injured, although not seriously.
"An ax and a knife were used in the action, according to Lieutenant Márcio Filippi, commander of the 10th Battalion of the Military Police. According to the investigation, the murderer arrived at the school on a motorcycle, jumped over the wall and chose the victims at random. ", pointed out "O Globo". Police are still investigating the motivation for the attack on the nursery, with which the killer had no connection.
This incident comes nine days after a 13-year-old student stabbed to death a teacher at a Sao Paulo school and injured five other people.
One of the children murdered this Wednesday was Enzo Marchesin Barbosa, four years old. The boy had been adopted only a year ago by his mother. The Brazilian media released photos of the four murdered. On Wednesday night, many Blumenau residents participated in a vigil in honor of the murdered children. Lighted candles, flowers and letters were the keynote at the doors of the nursery, while many of the attendees prayed.
The Minister of Justice, Flavio Dino, announced the creation of an emergency group with 50 policemen who will be dedicated exclusively to monitoring threats on the deep web and the dark web. Following a meeting led by President Lula, the government also decided to create an inter-ministerial working group to discuss the culture of peace and non-violence in schools and the creation of a national policy to address the issue.
"There is a very serious problem, which is the social networks, the so-called deep web, which moves young people and people in Brazil. We regret this episode and Brazil has to react," said Education Minister Camilo Santana.
The treatment of the subject also generated debate among the press. Globo, one of Brazil's main media groups, decided not to give the killer any publicity.
"For years, the Grupo Globo media had the policy of publishing only once the name and photo of the perpetrators of massacres like the one that occurred in Blumenau. The objective has always been to avoid making the murderers famous so as not to inspire the perpetrators of new massacres. This policy changes today and will be even more restrictive: the name or image of the perpetrators of attacks will never be published, nor will videos of their actions be published".
According to Grupo Globo, "The decision follows the latest recommendations from the most prestigious experts in the field, for whom giving visibility to the attackers can serve as a stimulus to new attacks."
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