Four of the five suspects in the murder of a Bolivian boy during a robbery just over two months ago in Sao Paulo are dead, police in Brazil's largest city confirmed Thursday.
Two of the suspects were found dead of poisoning last month inside a jail, while the other two were killed in early July though their bodies were only identified this week through fingerprint analysis, according to Sao Paulo's Public Safety Secretariat.
After confirming the day before that Wesley Soares Pedroso, 19, had been found dead of a gunshot to the head on July 7, a week after the boy's death, the police said Thursday that Diego Freitas Campos, 20, was found slain that same day but had only now been identified.
Freitas Campos was accused of firing the gunshot that killed 5-year-old Brayan Yanarico Capcha when the boy was in his father's arms, apparently because he would not stop crying.
Of the five suspects in the murder case, a jailed teenager is the only one still alive.
Press accounts say police suspect Soares Pedroso and Freitas Campos were killed by members of the First Capital Command, Sao Paulo's largest criminal gang.
Their bodies were found dumped in different fields in Jardim Corisco, a poor neighborhood on Sao Paulo's north side.
The bodies were found within a span of 12 hours, but police did not initially link the homicides because one of the men was found with single gunshot to the head and the other with a dozen bullet wounds in different parts of his body.
Paulo Ricardo Martins and Felipe dos Santos Lima, the other two suspects in the child murder, were found dead in the cell they shared at a jail in greater Sao Paulo.
The autopsy showed they had died after ingesting the so-called "cocktail of death," a mixture of alcohol, cocaine, Viagra and other drugs.
The family of the slain boy had arrived in Sao Paulo just months before the crime to work in the garment industry, but they decided to return to Bolivia after his death. EFE