24-year-old Brazilian footballer found dead in the bushes 'nearly beheaded and with genitals severed'
Tributes have been pouring from across Sao Jose dos Pinhais in the southern Brazilian state of Parana for the 24-year-old Sao Paulo FC star
The mutilated body of a Brazilian footballer was discovered "almost beheaded with his genitals severed" in a bush on October 27 night, reports said.
Even though the official cause of death has not been announced to the public, the Daily Mail reported that a local newspaper, Band B, said that 24-year-old Sao Paulo star, Daniel Correa Freitas had been "tortured". A police officer allegedly told the paper: "From the appearance of the body, it was a very violent situation."
Tributes have been pouring from across the city for Freitas, whose body was found in Sao Jose dos Pinhais in the southern Brazilian state of Parana.
His club, which plays in Serie A, the equivalent of the English Premier league, tweeted: "The Sao Paulo football club deeply regrets the death of midfielder Daniel Correa Freitas."
The police officer continued: "The man had two deep cuts on his neck, his head was nearly beheaded, and his genitals were severed. This road [where the body was found] is a bit deserted and already known for the spawning of corpses."
The officer then concluded that the evidence they have in the case suggested that Freitas was murdered on the street and then dragged for about 30 meters before his body was abandoned.
The attacking midfielder launched his career with Botafogo, which is also a Serie A team, before he was bought by Sao Paulo three years ago. It was reported, however, that he spent the last two years on loan to second-division team Coritiba first before moving to Ponte Preta and then Sao Bento.
O São Paulo Futebol Clube lamenta profundamente a morte do meio-campista Daniel Corrêa Freitas. O clube se solidariza e presta condolências à família do atleta.— São Paulo FC (@SaoPauloFC) October 29, 2018
Freitas had been playing with Sao Bento at the time that he was murdered and they were one of the teams that honored the player. One tweet read: "Note of regret: Botafogo regrets the demise of former player Daniel Correa Freitas and expresses solidarity with friends and family."