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Football | Massacre Overshadows Family-Safe Campaign

The Brazilian Football Association runs an ad blitz in an effort to bring families back to stadiums formerly ruled by hooligans, although I am not finding an example video from that campaign in my YouTube search.

Joyous sons sit grinning on the sh

Joyous sons sit grinning on the shoulders of their fathers.

And then there was this:

This weekend, 8 died in a shooting — possibly an execution — outside one of the organized fan groups at the Corinthian.

Police investigating the massacre at the headquarters of Pavilion Nine, an organized fan club of Corinthians, said they already have the names of the participants in the murders. The crime took place on Saturday evening and left eight dead in the court near the Remédios Bridge, in São Paulo.

Witnesses told police that three armed men invaded the location at approximately 11 p.m. Fans were working on banners to be displayed at a Sunday match with Palmeiras at its home stadium. According to homicide investigators, the fatal shooting  presents signs of execution: the victims were discovered lying down and spaced closely together.

“We already have possible suspects,” said judicial police deputy Arlindo José Negrão Vaz. He would not reveal, however, the names of the suspects or the line of investigation being followed. No suspect of participation in the massacre had been arrested as of 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Based on witness statements, the police ruled out a conflict among fan organizations as the motivation for the slaughter. 9 mm shell casings were found with the bodies.

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