Alexandre Thome ivo Rajao
Found dead June 21, 2010
According to Portuguese language reports, we gather Alexandre Thome ivo Rajao, a gay 14 year old, was murdered in Brazil. From what we understand, a fight appears to have taken place involving Alexandre. A complaint was made to the police. Later, Alexandre's body was found, showing evidence of beating, torture, and strangulation. A Portuguese language article can be found on the Homofobia Ja Era web site. A Yahoo translating service web page gives a crude English translation that can be read by clicking here.
At this stage, we have not seen enough news articles to determine if the murder was a hate crime. The level of violence appears to have been high, and that is a characteristic of hate crime murders.
Alexandre is described as a good student, a peaceful person, and as being active in church.