The dead body of Brazilian soccer star, Daniel Correa Freitas, was discovered in a bush in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, with his genitals cut off and his throat cut, almost to decapitation.
The suspects have been named as Edison Brittes Jr., 38, his wife, Cristiana Brittes, and their 18-year-old daughter, Allana Brittes. The businessman who allegedly killed Freitas says he did it after finding the player in his underwear trying to rape his wife.
Edison Brittes told the “Brasil Urgente” program on TV Bandeirantes that he found the midfielder, 24, at his daughter’s birthday party.
“Freitas had gone in, taken his clothes off and locked the door,” Edison said. “I knocked on the door to my room and when I opened it, he was on top of my wife and she was screaming and begging for help.”
Brittes said he would do “what any man would do” because it not only was revenge for Cristiana Brittes, but that it represented the larger issue of rape in Brazil.
“The woman that was there was not my wife, she was every woman in Brazil. It could be your daughter, sister, mother or wife. At that moment it was my wife, Cris, who I have been married to for 20 years.”
The daughter said she had met Daniel one year ago but she, nor her mother, had never “been involved” with him.
Brittes added, “The media said a lot of things. My wife never had anything with Daniel, never mind my daughter.”
Brittes wanted to get ahead of the rumor, saying “the truth will come out.”
“I know I did what I did,” he said. “I want everybody watching to think what they would do to keep the moral integrity of your family and help a small and fragile woman.”
Edison’s friends allegedly tried to stop him from attacking the Sao Paulo star — who belonged to a club in the equivalent of the Premier League — but “they could not do it” because he was angry.
“When I threw him off my wife, I threw him on the floor and stopped her being raped by that monstrous scumbag,” Brittes said.
Local Brazilian media report that Freitas had been at Allana Brittes’ birthday party at their home and had, in fact, sent messages to a friend saying he “was going to eat” the “birthday girl’s mom.”
A photo has surfaced of Freitas smiling next to an unconscious woman, who later was identified as Cristiana, which is believed to have been sent to Freitas’ friend.
Edison’s daughter told reporters she had heard screaming from her mother’s room and that Freitas had said nothing when he was caught.
The investigation is ongoing.