8 people arrested in connection with murder of trans Brazilian

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There are three new figures in the case of beating 42-year-old Brazilian woman to death. They took the victim named Dandara from home and began to abuse her by beating, punching and chanting homophobic and transphobic slurs until she died. THe video of the murder went viral but it only help the police to identify the attackers. Officers raided homes in Bom Jardim in Fortaleza last week, arresting five people in the same neighbourhood where the murder took place. After revealing the arrests, André Santos Costa, the secretary of public security in the state of Ceará, told Brazilian news channel Globo: “Acts like these, by cowards and vagabonds are not accepted by any good citizen, nor by the police. We need more education and guidance for people, to learn to respect others. Intolerance only has bad consequences. The people of Ceará deserve this response and a policy of protecting minorities.” As one suspect was arrested, one more gave up coming to the police station on Wednesday. Then on Sunday morning, police arrested an eighth suspect in Pedra Branca, 261 kilometers from where dos Santos was murdered. The suspect was arrested at 6am, next to his grandparents’ house, according to police. Upon seeing the police officers, the man tried to run, but was soon captured. He will be taken back to Fortaleza. Of the eight male suspects arrested, four are teenagers and four are adults, Globo has reported.

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