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Alleged sex beast "tore girl's heart out in black magic ritual after raping and killing her"

Crime WorldBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Jairo Lopes
Jairo Lopes

A man who is alleged to have kidnapped, raped and murdered a 10-year-old girl, before removing her heart as part of a suspected black magic ritual, was arrested by police who rescued him from being lynched by furious locals in the Brazilian state of Minais Gerais, last week.

42-year-old Jairo Lopes, who was reportedly on the run over a separate homicide and rape and was found in possession of false ID documents, allegedly abducted 10-year-old Raiana Aparecida Candida.

Little Raiana, who lost her mother eight months prior, was on her way to school when she was snatched.

Raiana Aparecida Candida

Her brutalised and defiled body was found on a country farm in Buenopolis, around 440 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, with her heart reportedly torn out.

The heart was found buried near her corpse following further searches.

Police believe the evisceration was done as part of a black magic ceremony.

Lopes was discovered hiding in undergrowth near the farm, five days after Raiana's body was found.

He had reportedly turned up at the little girl’s home the week before the incident claiming that he was looking for work.

He was airlifted from the area after 500 locals turned up to lynch him.

He initially denied the killing but later changed his story and reportedly confessed to the attack.

Detectives say the suspect originally claimed he targeted the victim in an attempt to extort money from her family.

Police chief Giovanni Idalmo de Faria, speaking before Lopes’ alleged confession, said: “We had to move him quickly from the hiding place he was found in because locals wanted to kill him.

“He confessed a past murder to them but claimed he had nothing to do with the little girl’s killing.

“We confiscated blood-stained boots and other potential evidence. Until we’re shown otherwise, this man was the author of this barbaric crime."

Reports indicate that Brazilian detectives taking the possibility that Raiana was the victim of black magic seriously because Lopes has a tattoo on his stomach which refers to a sect.

Raiana was raised by her father and maternal grandmother following the death of her sick mum eight months ago.