A teen suspect has been arrested in northeast Brazil for allegedly shooting dead twin sisters and filming the gang-related executions on an Instagram livestream.
The 18-year-old victims, identified as Amália Alves and Amanda Alves, were found dead on the side of a road behind a housing complex in Pacajus, Ceará, last Wednesday morning, hours after they killed.
Video footage captured the twin teenage mothers kneeling next to each other on the dirt street.
Both apparently were forced to hold up their hair in a bun before Mateus Abreu, 17, fired a shot behind each of their heads.
While authorities have not provided a motive for the executions, newspaper Jornal de Brasília reported that the twin sisters were killed because they were aware of incidents involving local drug dealers.
Amanda Alves and her 18-year-old identical twin sister, Amália Alves, were executed in Ceará, Brazil, last Wednesday. The gruesome murders were captured on video as the suspects lived streamed it on Instagram. The teenage mothers were forced to kneel on a dirt road behind a housing complex in the Ceará city of Pacajus and were shot multiple times. A 17-year-old suspect identified as Mateus Abreu, who is seen in the video firing at the Alves sisters, was arrested Wednesday
The Ceará Civil Police has been able to arrest only one suspect, 17-year-old Mateus Abreu (pictured), for the double murder of 18-year-old identical twin sisters Amanda Alves and Amália Alves.
The twin sisters, each of whom leaves a child behind, were forced to kneel and hold their hair before they were executed
Abreu then fired two more shots are one of the girls and and subsequently stood over the other victim and pumped four more bullets at her.
Neighborhood residents alerted the police after discovering the bodies at the location where they were assassinated.
Amanda Alves leaves behind a three-year-old daughter. Amália Alves was a mother to a six-month-old son.
Abreu was arrested by the Ceará Civil Police later Wednesday.
Brazilian newspaper Diario do Noreste reported that the teen suspect had seven prior arrests for unlawful possession of a gun, theft and intentional bodily injury in 2020 and this year.
Amanda Alves, of Ceará, Brazil, was executed during a live Instagram broadcast last Wednesday. Her 18-year-old sister, Amália Alves, was also shot dead. Amanda Alves leaves behind a three-year-old daughter
Amália Alves, an 18-year-old from Ceará, Brazil, was a mother to a six-month-old son
Mateus Abreu, 17, is the only person in connection to the killings of 18-year-old identical twin sisters, Amanda Alves and Amália Alves, who has been captured since he was seen on a video, streamed lived on Instagram, firing at the victims