A 17-year-old mother has been shot in the head and killed while cradling her son in her arms.
Hevelyn da Sant'Anna Rosa was shot outside the home she shared with her mother, brother, and young son in Campo Grande in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on November 5.
She was rushed to a local hospital by car, but arrived at A&E without a pulse, according to doctors.
The girl's father Helton da Sant'Anna Rosa claimed that she was killed by her ex-boyfriend of three years, who allegedly shot her in the forehead while she was carrying her son, whose age has not been revealed.
Helton told local media: "My daughter was shot in the forehead by a villain who did not accept their separation. She was murdered in a cowardly way. She never wanted to be with him, he's one of those possessive people.
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"He just wanted her for him. He constantly threatened my daughter. I even spoke to him once to stop him doing that. In the last few days, he kept changing his address, his mobile phone number, he must have already been planning something.
"He arrived at the house, stayed inside the car and called her, and she went carrying my grandson. It didn't take long and there was a gunshot. My son went out and found her already on the ground.
"He shot my daughter in the head. My daughter was murdered with my grandson in her arms. He ran away and left the car there with the door open. I know justice will be served."
The police are investigating the case and are considering the possibility of femicide. The suspect has been named as Alexandre Soares, and he is being tracked down by the police. His age has not been revealed.
Hevelyn broke up with Alexandre earlier in the year after a turbulent relationship during which Alexandre had allegedly beaten her, leaving her with visible bruises.
Over the months following the pair's separation, Alexandre had allegedly sent threatening messages to Hevelyn's phone.
Hevelyn's family was too scared to report the assaults and threats to the police as the suspect is believed to be a gang member.
Hevelyn was buried on November 7 in Campo Grande.
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