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Brazilian footballer Daniel Correa murdered, found nearly beheaded with genitals severed

01 November 2018

The body of a 24-year-old Brazilian footballer, Daniel Correa has been discovered in a bush with his genitals cut off.

A tweet from his Serie A club - the top division in Brazil - posted in the early hours of Sunday morning confirmed the worst.

The official cause of death is still being determined but according to the Legal Medical Institute of Curitiba, the cause of death was a gunshot wound. However, a municipal guard told the local newspaper Band B that Freitas was the victim of "torture".

A report in Brazil's Folha de S.Paulo newspaper further cites a statement from a police source who said the footballer's throat had been slit with a blade so wide that his head was nearly entirely cut off.

"The man had two deep cuts on his neck, was almost beheaded, and his genitals were severed".

A Sao Paulo club statement read, "The Sao Paulo football club deeply regrets the death of midfielder Daniel Correa Freitas".

The report went on to claim: "This road (where the body was found) is a bit deserted and already known for the spawning of corpses".

It concluded that the evidence from the case suggests that the man was murdered on the street and dragged for around 30 metres.

He was playing for the second-tier club Sao Bento at the time of his death.

His parent club, Sao Paulo FC, whom he joined in 2015, paid tribute to Correa with its players holding a minute's silence before training on Monday. Correa made his professional debut at Rio de Janeiro outfit Botafogo in 2013.

Brazilian footballer Daniel Correa murdered, found nearly beheaded with genitals severed