Hundreds of individuals have attended a wake for victims of a college taking pictures close to the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo.
Two former pupils, aged 17 and 25, killed eight folks on Wednesday, in an assault police say was deliberate for greater than a 12 months.
Relations and pals wept over the open coffins of 4 teenage boys earlier than their funerals.
The younger gunmen killed a complete of 5 pupils, a college administrator and a instructor earlier than killing themselves.
Earlier, they’d shot useless the uncle of the 17-year-old.
A state official mentioned the youthful gunman “had by no means proven any issues” in school, however his mom mentioned he had been bullied.
What occurred on Wednesday?
Seventeen-year-old Guilherme Taucci Monteiro and 25-year-old Luiz Henrique de Castro arrived on the Raul Brasil college in Suzano at 09:30 native time (12:30 GMT) in a white automotive stolen from his uncle’s automotive rental company.
A recording from a CCTV digicam at a close-by home reveals the passenger, Monteiro, getting out of the automotive and placing a rucksack on his again earlier than calmly strolling by way of the varsity gates.
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Castro follows him at a a lot sooner tempo 30 seconds later, additionally with a rucksack on his again. Neither is masked or hooded on the time.
Because it was break time, many pupils would have been within the college yard. The college has about 1,000 college students aged between 11 and 16. Twenty seconds after Castro runs by way of the varsity gates, pupils could be seen fleeing in panic.
CCTV footage recorded inside the varsity entrance corridor reveals Monteiro carrying a baseball cap calmly strolling into the constructing.
He briefly turns his again to a gaggle of pupils who’re milling about earlier than pulling a gun from his trousers. The footage reveals him pointing the gun at pupils’ faces.
Investigators suppose the primary individual to be killed inside the varsity was Marilena Ferreria Umezu, the academic co-ordinator of the varsity.
They suppose the gunmen subsequent headed to highschool yard after which to the varsity’s language centre, the place some pupils and lecturers had barricaded themselves in a classroom after listening to gunshots.
Footage recorded inside the varsity corridors reveals plenty of victims mendacity in swimming pools of blood on the ground.
Police arrived on the scene eight minutes after the taking pictures began. By the point they arrived, the 2 gunmen had been useless.
Monteiro shot useless Castro at shut vary earlier than turning the gun on himself in an obvious suicide pact because the cops may very well be heard approaching.
Who had been the victims?
Earlier than Monteiro and Castro went on their killing spree on the Raul Brasil college, they stopped at a automotive rental company owned by Monteiro’s uncle, 51-year-old Jorge Antonio Morais.
Mr Morais had reportedly given Monteiro a job washing automobiles at his rental company two years in the past, however had sacked him after solely two months. Mr Morais’ mother and father didn’t say why their son had fired Monteiro, however some media have speculated about whether or not the boy could have nonetheless been offended over the incident.
Mr Morais had additionally inspired Monteiro to return to highschool after he had stopped going sooner or later final 12 months.
An eyewitness mentioned Monteiro walked into the automotive wash, known as out the identify of his uncle, who was talking on the cellphone on the time, and shot him useless.
The second individual to be killed was Marilena Ferreria Umezu, who has been described as one of the fashionable workers members by her former pupils, who mentioned she was at all times smiling.
Ms Umezu, who was 59, opposed a latest change to Brazil’s legal guidelines which makes it simpler for folks to purchase firearms. On her Fb account, she shared a cartoon studying: “We help the carrying of books, as a result of they’re the very best weapon to save lots of the citizen and the schooling [system].”
One other college official, 38-year-old Eliana Regina de Oliveira Xavier, was the third grownup to be killed.
5 pupils had been additionally among the many victims. They’re:
- Caio Oliveira, 15, described as a studious boy who had many pals
- Douglas Murilo Celestino, 16, who died on the best way to hospital. His household mentioned he had “no malice” and was a eager skater and soccer participant. His mother and father say he had already fled the constructing when he seen his girlfriend had not made it out. He was killed when he returned to get her. She is among the many injured.
- Samuel Melquiades Silva de Oliveira, 16, a non secular boy who wished to grow to be an artist, he particularly cherished design
- Claiton Antonio Ribeiro, 17, described as a bookworm, a quiet and modest teenager who was near his mother and father
- Kaio Lucas da Costa Limeira, 15
What is understood concerning the gunmen?
Each Monteiro and Castro had been pupils on the Raul Brasil college. Monteiro, the youthful of the 2 gunmen, had left the varsity in 2018 however it’s not clear if he was expelled or had left of his personal accord.
The 2 had been shut pals since childhood and spent quite a lot of time collectively taking part in video video games and had been usually seen at a neighborhood gaming arcade.
Monteiro was raised by his grandmother as his mom reportedly had “dependancy issues”.
His mom advised Folha newspaper that her son had been bullied due to his zits, and one in all his pals additionally advised native media that Monteiro had complained about being “harassed” by a fellow pupil.
Rossieli Soares, who’s São Paulo state’s schooling secretary, mentioned Monteiro had studied on the Raul Brasil college for 2 years and “had by no means brought about any bother”.
Investigators say Monteiro was the one who made the plan to assault the varsity and who was “the chief”. They are saying that he could have been planning the assault for greater than a 12 months.
Neighbours described Castro as a quiet younger man whose members of the family stored themselves to themselves.
Minutes earlier than the assault, Monteiro posted pictures of himself carrying a cranium masks and holding a gun. Police additionally discovered a pocket book within the automotive by which had been drawings of weapons and slogans equivalent to “Cannot run”.
What weapons did they’ve?
- A revolver, which had been carried and fired by Monteiro
- A crossbow
- A conventional bow and arrow
- Petrol bombs
- An axe
What is the response been?
Whereas gun crime is widespread in Brazil, college shootings will not be. The incident in a middle-class neighbourhood has shocked the nation.
The commander of police forces in São Paulo, Marcelo Salles, mentioned he had “by no means seen something like this”.
President Jair Bolsonaro described it as “a monstrosity and massive cowardice”.