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30th Oct 2018

Sao Paulo footballer found dead, “almost beheaded” with “genitals severed”

Wayne Farry

Daniel Corrêa Freitas was found dead on October 27

A footballer contracted to Brazilian Serie A side Sao Paulo has been found dead with reports suggesting that he was “almost beheaded” and discovered with “his genitals severed”.

Daniel Corrêa Freitas, known commonly as simply Daniel, was a 24-year-old midfielder who had played for Sao Paulo since 2015 but was recently on loan at Serie B side Sao Bento, where he had played two games.

The news of his death was confirmed on Monday by his parent club, who said in a tweet: “The Sao Paulo football club deeply regrets the death of midfielder Daniel Correa Freitas. The club sympathizes and pays condolences to the athlete’s family”.

A report in a local newspaper quoted a municipal official as saying: “From the appearance of the body, it was a very violent situation. The man had two deep cuts on his neck, his head was nearly beheaded, and his genitals were severed.”

“This road [where he was found] is a bit deserted and already known for the dumping of corpses. Everything indicates the man was executed here on the street and dragged for about 100 feet.”

The motive behind the murder is not yet known, and an official cause of death has yet to be released by officials.