Jairo Lopes, a vicious 'sex monster' is accused of ripping a young schoolgirl's heart out of her chest after raping and killing her in a horrific act. The 42-year-old Lopes, allegedly targeted 10-year-old Raiana Aparecida Candida as she walked to school in the Brazilian state of Minais Gerais last week. Mirror UK reports that the youngster's body was discovered on a country farm in Buenopolis, around 440 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, with her heart reportedly torn out.
The organ - which police believe may have been removed as part of a black magic ceremony - was found buried near her corpse following a search. Cops launched a manhunt for Lopes, who had reportedly turned up at the girl's home the week before her disappearance, claiming he was looking for work. The alleged murderer was finally arrested after being discovered hiding in undergrowth near the farm, five days after Raiana's body was found.
He had to be airlifted from the area after around 500 locals massed in a bid to lynch him, according to local reports. Lopes initially claimed he was innocent, but later reportedly confessed to attacking the youngster as she walked to school on June 1.
Detectives say the suspect originally claimed he targeted the victim in an attempt to extort money from her family. However, they are now probing the possibility she was killed as part of a black magic ceremony. Pictures published in the local press today show Lopes sitting bare-chested in the back of a police car with cuts and bruises to his face. These were sustained when furious locals attacked him after he was arrested by police.
Local reports say Lopes was on the run over a homicide and another rape and using fake ID documents at the time of the girl's death.
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."
Detectives are said to be 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. The tragic little girl was being raised by her dad and maternal grandmother following the death of her sick mum eight months ago.
An aunt, who asked not to be named, said the alleged killer had turned up at the family home the week before Raiana disappeared, saying he was looking for work. She said: “His house is about three miles from the property Raiana lived in. A few days before she disappeared, he turned up, said his name was Roberto and asked to speak to her dad.
“Her grandfather said he wasn’t in. This man stayed and chatted for a while, smoked a cigarette and said he was looking for work.”