A Brazilian man accused of the rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl turned himself into police after his 10-year-old son reportedly recognized him in a security video of the incident, The Independent reports.
When Alexandra da Silva Alves’s son saw the footage—which shows a man throwing a suitcase believed to contain Agatha Nicole Silva into a river—he told other family members about what he had seen, and these people together reportedly convinced Alves to turn himself in on Friday.
Alves, 43, lived in the same neighborhood as the girl, and allegedly approached her while she was playing in the street. He allegedly brought her back to his house, raped her, and then stuffed her into the suitcase.
Silva was likely alive at the time Alves threw her into the river, and died by drowning and suffocation.
“A woman told my daughter she had seen a man throwing a suitcase into the river around 10 pm,” Silva’s grandmother told a local outlet, according to the Independent. “It had made a heavy thud and she was worried about what was inside it.”
“My daughter ran to look for the trunk and when she called her daughter’s name she could hear the child respond very faintly,” she said. “But she couldn’t reach the suitcase in time and we believe Agatha was too weak to survive the impact and her injuries.”
Alves has previous convictions for drug trafficking and attempted murder, The New York Post reports.
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