Brazil Soccer Player Bruno May Have Killed Pregnant Girlfriend, Refused Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 8, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Brazil Soccer Player Bruno May Have Killed Pregnant Girlfriend, Refused Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 8
, 2010

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( — Brazilian residents have been focused on soccer for the last month with the World Cup in progress but with Brazil having been eliminated, they are now turning their attention to the campaign of its most popular national team who stands accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend.

Soccer player Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza the captain and goal-keeper of the Rio de Janeiro team Flamengo, which has tens of millions of fans.

Married with children, Bruno reportedly had an affair with 25-year-old student Eliza Samudio and is believed to have gotten her pregnant. She attempted to prove Bruno’s paternity of her unborn son, who she called Bruninho (Little Bruno).

Bruno, who was not on the Brazilian World Cup squad, reportedly coaxed Samudio into his car and three of his friends forced her to take the ulcer drug Cytotec that is misused to cause a miscarriage.

"If I kill you and throw you somewhere, you’re not going to be found," she says Bruno told her, according to an interview with Rio tabloid Extra in October 2009 while four months pregnant. She claims Bruno then persuaded her to meet him the next day at an illegal abortion business, but she went to the police instead.

The police officer who registered the complaint requested that Bruno be legally prohibited from coming near Eliza. This request was never fulfilled. And Eliza gave birth to her baby.

Eliza’s friend Milena Baroni, a 25-year-old law student from Rio, told The Daily Beast "He wanted her to get rid of the baby, abort it. She didn’t want to. She was against abortion."

She says Eliza told her that Bruno "kidnapped her and tried to force her to abort. Including he put a gun in her face. She went to the police about this." Baroni adds: "In my opinion, something has happened to her, I wish it wasn’t so."

Now, police are investigating the disappearance and suspected murder of Samudio.

"According to denunciations," officer Alessandra Wilke from the Homicide Division conducting the investigation told reporters, "he and two friends attacked Eliza, who probably came to die, and hid the body."

Police have made their suspicions public and the case is all over the Brazilian media outlets. They have found diapers and plane tickets in Eliza’s name—that were supposedly found at Bruno’s ranch and other connections have been made that are circumstantial and offer little proof but points to Bruno.

Bruno has not been arrested nor questioned and appears to be an innocent bystander in his comments to the press.

"I leave it in the hands of God," he said serenely. "I am hoping that she will appear, that this situation will soon end, because it is annoying. I’m sad about it. I saw her father’s interview, I’m hoping she appears."

The case continues but it is another example of how abortion, whether legal or illegal, puts women in difficult situations where men can and do force them to have one when they are not interested in fulfilling their parental duties.


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