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A man has been arrested after being accused of raping and killing a 10-year-old girl before ripping out her heart.

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The suspect, Jairo Lopes play

The suspect, Jairo Lopes



The suspect, Jairo Lopes, 42, reportedly targeted the school girl identified as Raiana Aparecida Candida while she walked to her school in Minais Gerais, Brazil.

Raiana's body was reportedly found on a farm in Buenopolis, 440 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, with her heart missing.

The police is said to believe that Raiana's heart had been torn out as part of a black magic ceremony, and was found buried near her corpse following the search.

Raiana Aparecida Candida play

Raiana Aparecida Candida



Lopes who was found hiding in undergrowth close to the murder scene following a five-day manhunt, was reportedly airlifted from the scene as over 500 locals had massed to lynch him.

The suspect is reported to have initially denied the crime, but later confessed to his barbaric act.

Pleading anonymity, Raiana's aunt revealed that Lopes had shown up at their family home claiming to be in search of a job before the little girl had disappeared.

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.”

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Lopes is now in police custody and is due in court soon.

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