After receiving a complaint from the brother of an accused, the Civil Police found this Friday (30) bones in a plastic bag attached to a bridge on a river in Belford Roxo, Baixada Fluminense, which may be the three boys who disappeared in December in the city.
Police reported that the Baixada Fluminense Homicide Precinct (DHBF) is awaiting the expert report carried out on the bone fragments found and that investigations and searches are ongoing.
The boys Lucas Matheus, 8, Alexandre Silva, 10, and Fernando Henrique, 11, disappeared on December 27, after they left to play on the soccer field next to the condominium they lived in, in the Castelar neighborhood. , and have not returned home.
In March, the Public Ministry identified the last images of the children, taken by security cameras on Rua Malopia, in Vila Medeiros, the neighborhood where they lived. In the images, the three are shown walking together, calmly, while talking in a relaxed way. The Civil Police created a task force to investigate the disappearance only in April.
An operation in May arrested 16 people in the Castelar neighborhood, accused of involvement in drug trafficking and cargo theft in the region, who may be involved in the disappearance of the three boys. The prisoners are also suspected of torturing and expelling a family from the city, with a husband, wife and four minor children, who are alleged to have accused the traffickers of the crime.
According to the executive coordinator of Forum Grita Baixada, Adriano de Araújo, the investigations are only taking place because of pressure from social movements around the case.
“If it weren’t for the social pressure of organized movements and the insistence of families, I believe we wouldn’t even have information about it. This delay reflects the low importance given to solving crimes against life in Brazil, especially in peripheral territories, poor and black, such as Baixada Fluminense”.
The Forum is a network of organizations and people from civil society that defend human rights, justice and a citizen public security policy for the Baixada Fluminense. Araújo emphasizes that enforced disappearances are a reality that is present in the lives of dozens of families in the region and, at the same time, little visible.
“We are starting research on this, in partnership with the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro [UFRRJ]. The disappearance of bodies has been used by criminal groups, whether from the militia or other groups associated with the drug retail trade, as a strategy for territorial domination and terror control”.
According to him, the Forum is organizing the first psychosocial care center for mothers and family members of victims of State violence and forced disappearances, in partnership with public sectors, to strengthen the local support network for families.
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