Decapitated referee: Graphic video of ref’s dismemberment used to net suspect

And I thought it was bad when the Lakers hit the playoffs! GEEZ!

A decapitated referee, whose head was staked in the middle of a soccer field by angry soccer fans, is the latest victim in violence around this sport in Brazil. The decapitated referee incident was video taped by several people at this amateur soccer game, in which the referee was first stoned and his limbs dismembered. This barbaric violence happening in a country preparing for Brazil’s World Cup, according to Yahoo News on July 7, 2013.

Referee Octavio de Silva expelled player Josenir dos Santos Abreu from the game. When Santos refused to leave, a fist fight started. This is when de Silva pulled out a knife and reportedly stabbed the player several times. Santos died on the way to the hospital from the stab wounds. This killing angered friends and family of Santos and they along with other soccer fans emerged into a uncontrollable mob.

The mob stormed the field tying up de Silva then torturing and stoning him to death. They dismembered his limbs and decapitated the referee. Someone took the severed head and placed it on a stake in the middle of the soccer field. This mob lynching was captured on cell phone videos by onlookers, those videos have started to surface online.

Police will use these videos to try to identify the people involved in the killing and beheading of the referee.The videos made their way to social networks, this is how police have identified one suspect so far, who was taken into police custody. Luis Sousa Moraes is just one of the suspects that police were able to identify by viewing the graphic videos. There are others, but so far it is just Moraes who’s been identified.

Videos: One of the cell phone videos, which is gruesomely graphic, has been released on This video shows the blood soaked suspects who just finished dismembering the referee. The remains of the referee are also seen in this video, the video can be seen here.

The video offers a quick clip of the decapitated referee, who is shown with his dismembered limbs on the ground next to the torso. Another shot in this video shows the emergency attendants placing the decapitated head of the referee back onto the neck of the body as they transport the remains of the man. These are not videos for the faint of heart. Most people will find these very disturbing.

With the influx of people from around the world expected for Brazil’s World Cup, this incident must be very concerning for Brazil’s government. A statement released by Valter Costa, police chief in Maranhao reports this kind of behavior won’t be tolerated. Costa said:

“Reports of witnesses have indicated some people that were in place at the time of the fact. We will identify and hold accountable all those involved. A crime will never justify another. Actions like this do not collaborate with the legality of a state law.”


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