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    Brazilian pro soccer player kidnapped and beheaded

    Former Brazilian footballer Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos has reportedly been kidnapped and decapitated by suspected drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro.

    As confirmed by Matt Roper of the Mirror, the former player’s severed head was delivered to his wife on the morning of Oct. 29:

    The horrified wife of Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos, 35, made the gruesome discovery as she left the house in Rio de Janeiro for work early yesterday morning.

    The player's eyes and tongue had been cut out and his head placed inside one of his own rucksacks, police said.

    According to ESPN, Santos was grabbed at around 7:45 p.m. after leaving the local health food store he owned in the Realengo district, a lower- and middle-class district located in Rio’s western area.

    The victim’s brother-in-law, who refused to be named, suggested Santos' wife remained up all night waiting for her husband’s return, per Roper’s report:

    Every time a car passed by she would go to see.

    She was getting ready to go to work at around 5:30 a.m. when she heard a noise, opened the front door and saw his rucksack. When she opened it, it was his head.

    From what I know, he didn't have any enemies and neither did his wife.

    Santos’ wife, Geisha Silva, works as a social worker in Rio’s Pacification Units. The unit is working to try to take the favelas (shanty towns) back from drug lords. As reported by Roper, investigators are trying to determine whether her work at a military police base in the area could have triggered the murder.

    Police chief executive Rafael Rangel confirmed Silva is a social worker and doesn’t possess the power to make arrests in the street, per Brazilian newspaper O Dia and via Roper:

    Mrs Silva has no idea who would have done this.

    Neither she, her husband or any other member of the family have suffered any type of threat as far as she knows.

    There is nothing that would justify such a barbarous crime.

    With a career that spanned from 1996 to 2005, Rodrigo Silva Santos played for several teams in Rio such as Bangu and Nacional and also played abroad at Olimpia (Honduras) and Oster Vaxjo (Sweden).

    Such a horrific event will fail to allay fears for next summer’s World Cup. Brazilian football is often linked with gang activity and has produced a plethora of frightening occurrences across the years.

    Back in July, 20-year-old referee Otavio da Silva was stoned and dismembered by angry supporters after he fatally stabbed a player for refusing to leave the pitch, per BBC News. As noted by the Daily Mail's Ashley Collman, the official’s head was reportedly put on a stake after the incident.

    Many top Brazilian footballers have also seen their loved ones kidnapped by gangs in an attempt to extort huge funds for their release.

    Ann Gripper of the Mirror highlighted key incidents in 2006, with stars such as Romario and Robinho being forced to deal with family disappearances, while Pele narrowly escaped two gunmen when they recognized the Brazilian legend in his car.

    At the end of 2012, Hulk’s sister was reunited with her family after being taken hostage for a day, per Alex Horlock of the Daily Mail.

    A teenager was recently killed during a million-strong protest against the World Cup, which sees major funds spent on sporting stadiums rather than the nation's poor, per The Telegraph. Alongside this, protesters recently halted an official FIFA visit to one of the upcoming tournament's arenas, per BBC News.

    Just two weeks before Santos' murder, Brazil's largest drug cartel promised a "World Cup of terror," as highlighted by the Daily Mail.

    With under eight months until the competition begins and an influx of tourists arrive, it's clear security forces have plenty of work to do.

    Former pro soccer player beheaded by drug lords

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    this is horrible tragedy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amazona View Post
    this is horrible tragedy.
    Brazil is an ultra-violent, f$&$ up country, where kidnapping and murders seem to be a way of life. And to think that the World Cup and the Olympics will be held in that country is a scary thought!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    Brazil is an ultra-violent, f$&$ up country, where kidnapping and murders seem to be a way of life
    Out of curiosity, have you ever been there ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smuler View Post
    Out of curiosity, have you ever been there ?

    Best Regards

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    I was there in the early 90's. Rio de Janeiro. Once. My personal preferences were Venezuela & Mexico at the time, so Brazil took a back seat. I may go back to Venezuela, but right now Mexico is off my list for the same reasons i won't go to Brazil.

    I've read a lot about Brazil over the past year and there's no way in hell that i'll ever set foot there. I know a few people who go once a year (usually for 2-3 month stays) who are aware of the dangers involved for tourists from a wealthy country, but they don't seem to care about their well-being since they figure it's safe if you stay in the safe areas & don't go out much.

    They ask me to go with them (they're also hobbyists) year after year, but i tell them there are safer places on the planet if you want to hang out with hoes. I'm also not interested in going there for months at a time.

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    I absolutely love Brazil Doc. I have been going the past few years and I have never felt threatened there and I frequent all the red light districts and I have taken the coach bus across the country. The old saying is that the love of money is the root of all evil. I believe that the lack of money is the root of all money. I heard all the horror stories too from co-workers tath traveled there in the days of 12% inflation each month. You still have to be cautious but since Brazil has been a BRIC country and the economy has taken off things have gotten a lot better. The GDPs are a lot of fun and they will fuck you to death.

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