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Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes a photo and a headline says it all. That is clearly the case in today’s story. Sad to say that this happens far too often for one blog to even cover. As we reported only a few days ago, in Brazil, a black youth is killed every 23 minutes. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that it doesn’t seem that the general population bats an eyelash when yet another black body falls to the ground. I won’t even get into the politics of the ultimate causes of another victim of the so-called “war on drugs”. Condolences to yet another black mother.
‘You destroyed my life,’ says mother who smeared the blood of her dead child on her face
By Marcos Nunes
Sheila Cristiana Nogueira da Silva, 45, still struggles to bury her son, Carlos Eduardo Nogueira da Silva, known as Dudu, 20, who died last Friday after being shot during a clash between police and drug dealers in the community of Fallet, in Santa Teresa, in central region of Rio de Janeiro. On Monday, she vented:
“The people of the community said that the one who shot my son was an MP (Military Police soldier). I want to know who started the shooting and who the person was who shot him. I want to look at the person who took the life of my son. I would say, “Thank you very much, you destroyed my life,” said Sheila, the mother of 14 children, three of them already dead.
The family is struggling to make a burial. They managed 60 reais from residents to pay for a ticket and went to Medico-Legal Institute (IML) of Nova Iguaçu, in the Baixada Fluminense region. They ended up getting a ride. Once there, Carlos’s relatives received the news that the body went back to the IML of Rio. Sheila and other family members are at the location. Carlos’s body was already recognized by photo.
“Now, I’ll run to get a bag to bury my son. Since Saturday I’ve gone without knowing what it is to eat,” Sheila said.
She again denied that her son had involvement in drug trafficking:
“My son was not a traficante (drug trafficker). He was an innocent. If he were a dealer, would say, ‘He was trafficker. Even being the pain of a mother, but I lost a son because my son was in the wrong life.’ But my son was not in the wrong life nor was he ever. So much so that he was in church. The people who went to the police station were my daughter and two gentlemen who are from the church; the same church that my son attended. I want justice.”
She described Charles as a boy “calm and playful.”
“He was never abused, never had a police record or involvement in trafficking. He liked to create passarinhos (dance steps). The hobby he had was this. In addition to flying kites and going to church,” she said.
The police chief Fábio Cardoso, head of the Homicide Division (DH), investigating the case, said he would officiate the Military Police to confirm whether there was operation in the Morro da Fallet, a neighboring region to Querosene, on the day of the young man’s death. The specialist plans, then, to hear the agents involved in the action. The goal is to understand the dynamics of a possible confrontation and determine where the shot came from. He didn’t rule out the possibility of conducting a simulated reproduction.
Recall the case
Carlos Eduardo was hit by a shot in the head while sitting on a ladder in the community of Querosene, at around 2pm. He was drinking coconut water and had just come out of a church when he was shot. On the same day, the Batalhão de Operações Especiais (Bope or Special Operations Battalion) was operating in Morro do Fallet, which is across the street from Rua Itapiru (street). Shocked by her son’s death, Carlos Eduardo’s mother, the day laborer Sheila Cristina Nogueira da Silva smeared her son’s blood son on her face.
According to residents, the youth worked delivering snacks and attended an evangelical church that is within the community. He is the third person who has died in a family of 14 siblings, but the first one that is a victim of violence.
The Civil Police reported that, in the regional office of Polícia Técnica Científica (PRPTC or Scientific Technical Police) of Nova Iguaçu, the body that would be that of Carlos Eduardo was received on Friday. “The technical inspection has already been done and the IML awaits the presentation of the original document by the family for confirmation of the victim’s identity.”
Suffering and deaths of her children
Before Carlos, Sheila lost two other children. Natasha died with one month of life, choking her own vomit. Max died at age 12. The boy fell from a tree and died at the Souza Aguiar Municipal Hospital with lung problems.
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