Mother stabs 17-year-old son to death for being gay
A Brazilian woman stabbed her 17-year-old son to death because he was gay after two thugs she hired to kill him failed to do so.
Tatiana Lozano Pereira, 32, admitted to killing her son Itaberli Lozano in Cravinhos, Sao Paulo.
According to local reports, Pereira had long rejected her son because he was gay.
They had an explosive row at Christmas after which Itaberli moved in with his grandmother.
Pereira pretended to forgive him and, on December 29, urged him to return home.
However, she had secretly hired hitmen and hid them inside her home under orders to attack him when he entered.
After returning home, Lozano was reportedly ambushed by her mother and two thugs she had hired to beat her son.
However, they failed to kill him and so she grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her son to death, according to Helton Tosti Renz, the police officer in charge of the investigation.
According to local reports, Pereira and her husband, Alex Pereira, 30, the victim’s stepfather, then took her son’s body to an abandoned area and burned it.
The victim’s paternal grandmother reported his disappearance to police.
Officers became suspicious because Tatiana had not reported him missing herself and seemed surprisingly indifferent about his disappearance.
His charred remains were eventually found on January 7, in a nearby field. Police also seized two knives from the house.
Authorities said the mother confessed to the killing during a police interrogation.
She also implicated the hired thugs for their part but maintained her husband was innocent. Police said he would only be charged over concealment of the body.