He went there to kill him

A few days after the terrible murder of the jiu jitsu legend Leandro Lo, numerous testimonies outline the insane behavior of a Brazilian police officer, arrested for murder. And a chilling thesis appears.

All of Brazil and the world of martial arts are crying the death of Leandro Lo, legend of jiu jitsu, eight times world champion, the most recent last May. The wrestler was killed in a club in Sao Paulo with a gunshot to the head shot at close range during a fight. Whoever fired on him was a 30-year-old policemanLieutenant of the Militarized Police of São Paulo, Henrique Otavio Oliveira Velozo.

The man remains in jail after last Sunday the Court of Justice of the Brazilian city – where Lo was born 33 years ago – asked that he be provisionally arrested for 30 days while he is being investigated as the main suspect in the murder. The latter is an obligatory terminology, but there is no doubt about the fact that it was Velozo who killed the wrestler, given that numerous witnesses witnessed the scene. And precisely on the basis of the testimonies, already passed to the scrutiny of the police, with the passing of the hours more and more details emerge on what happened on Sunday evening.

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Leandro Lo was world champion of jiu jitsu in five different weight classes: a legend

The athlete was provoked more than once by the police officer, until – after Lo had intervened to put an end to his excesses – Velozo pulled out his gun and shot him.. “He went in, got a bottle of liquor from our table. Leandro blocked him just to calm him down. He took four or five steps and fired“A witness said. Later the family’s attorney added that upon taking the bottle, the policeman started shaking it, looking defiantly at the wrestler with clearly provocative intent.

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It was then that the quarrel began: the jiu jitsu champion pinned the policeman to the ground with a key to his arm to reassure him. At that moment other people approached to separate them and, once he got up, when it seemed that he had accepted the end of hostilities by stepping back a few steps, Velozo drew his gun and aimed at poor Lo’s head. As if that weren’t enough, before escaping the crime scene, the policeman twice kicked Lo, who was lying bloody on the ground..

The man, after getting up, walked a few meters in the opposite direction to Leandro, giving signals that the disagreement had ceased and that he would leave the place. – reads the police report – however, suddenly and unexpectedly, he pulled out a firearm that he carried with him under his clothes, attached to the belt of his trousers, turned to the victim and shot him in the face, taking him in the forehead“.

Brazilian police lieutenant Henrique Otavio Oliveira Velozo, who killed Lo

Brazilian police lieutenant Henrique Otavio Oliveira Velozo, who killed Lo

A gun enthusiast as shown on his social media – which he then shut down due to the threats he started receiving – the lieutenant knew Leandro Lo beforehand, as they both practiced the same martial art. “That person knew him, because he also practices jiu jitsu. He went there to kill him, no doubt, but we don’t know why“, is the chilling thesis of the sample’s mother. The officer, who a few hours after the crime decided to hand himself over to his superiors, is described as a haughty and aggressive man. He also has a precedent for beating up another policeman, lower in the hierarchy, in 2017. Although the prosecutor had sentenced the lieutenant for assault and outrage, in 2020 the Special Council of Justice ended up acquitting Velozo of both charges.

This time it will be impossible for him to get away with it. While relatives, friends and many wrestlers greeted Leandro Lo at the Morumbi Cemetery in Sao Paulo, with most of the athletes presenting themselves in kimonos to pay homage to the legend of jiu jitsu, Velozo was charged with aggravated murder for a futile reason.


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