SAO PAULO – A 22-year-old Brazilian actor and his parents were murdered over the weekend in Sao Paulo by his girlfriend’s father, who fled after shooting them, officials said on Monday.
Rafael Henrique Miguel and his parents went to visit his girlfriend, who lives in the southern section of Sao Paulo, on Sunday afternoon to discuss his relationship with the 18-year-old woman, the Public Safety Secretariat said.
The actor and his parents, Joao Alcidio Miguel, 52, and Miriam Miguel, 50, were invited by the teenager and her mother into their home in the Pedrera district.
The young woman’s father, businessman Paulo Curpertino Matias, 48, showed up around 2:00 pm and opened fire on Rafael Henrique Miguel and his parents, who were standing at the front door.
The three victims died at the scene and police are looking for the suspect, the secretariat said, adding that investigators were trying to determine the motive for the shooting.
Crime scene investigators gathered evidence at the property, the secretariat said in a statement.
Among other roles, Rafael Henrique Miguel played Paçoca in an adaptation of the famous novel “Chiquititas” that was a big hit in Brazil and Argentina.
Brazil, according to figures from the Atlas of Violence, had a record 65,602 murders in 2017, or an average of 31.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The atlas, which was the product of a study by the Applied Economic Research Institute (IPEA) and the Brazilian Public Safety Forum, provides figures on the wave of violence affecting the country.
The homicide figures were released at a time when far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is pushing for an easing of restrictions on gun ownership.