Brazil Soccer Star's Lover 'Fed to Dogs'

'He was angry she decided to have their baby'

By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User

Posted Jul 9, 2010 1:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – The former lover of a popular Brazilian goalkeeper was "fed to dogs," according to police. The body of Eliza Samudio, 25, hasn't been found, but traces of her blood were discovered in soccer star Bruno Fernandes de Souza's car, say authorities. Samudio was kidnapped from a hotel, beaten, strangled and cut into pieces, with some parts fed to a rottweiler and others buried in concrete, say police who base the account on other suspects' revelations. When Samudio told Fernandes she couldn't take any more beating, he responded, "You're not going to be beaten any more, you are going to die," said the lead investigator, who called the goalkeeper a "monster.'

Fernandes was reportedly angry that Samudio decided to have the baby she conceived with the goalkeeper and that she was insisting he acknowledge his 4-month-old son. Fernandes has surrendered to police, but maintains he has a "clear conscience" and will "laugh at all this" in the future. He's worried, however, that the incident might keep him from playing in the next World Cup. His club, Flamengo, has suspended Fernandes' contract and will not defend him against the charges. His wife and friends have also been arrested, notes the BBC. Click here for more on the grisly case.


Flamengo soccer team's goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza is surrounded by journalists and police officers as he is moved to a homicide police station in Rio de Janeiro.
Flamengo soccer team's goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza is surrounded by journalists and police officers as he is moved to a homicide police station in Rio de Janeiro.   (AP Photo/Alexandre Brum, Agencia O Dia)
Bruno Fernandes de Souza during a soccer game in Rio de Janeiro.
Bruno Fernandes de Souza during a soccer game in Rio de Janeiro.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Bruno Fernandes de Souza turns himself in. Police say he was angry his former lover wanted him to acknowledge that her baby boy was his son.
Bruno Fernandes de Souza turns himself in. Police say he was angry his former lover wanted him to acknowledge that her baby boy was his son.   (AP Photo/Fernando Soutello, AGIF)
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