Saturday, 10 August 2013

Murder of Spaniard in Brazil may be linked to environment crimes

The body of 49-year-old Spaniard, Gonzalo Alonso Hernández, was found on Tuesday night in a park near his home in Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil, where he has been living for the past 10 years with his wife.

According to authorities, he was shot several times in the head.

Alonso Hernández had reportedly denounced alleged crimes against the local environment, relating to hunting and burning of land in the Cunhambebe natural park where he lived. 

48-year-old María de Lurdes Pena Campos, Alonso Hernández’s widow, works in Rio and returns home on the weekends.

She confirmed that her husband was constantly complaining about illegal hunting in the park and the fires started by ranchers.

Initial investigations show that Alonso Hernández, a biologist, was executed at his home and that his body was later dumped in the waterfall in the natural park.

According to police, a computer is missing from Alonso Hernández’s home and his power and telephone lines had been cut.

His wife told the media that he never received any explicit threats, although one time someone flew in a threatening way over the home in a helicopter. She added that her husband had no enemies other than the people he denounced to authorities.

The Spanish consulate in Rio advised that Alonso Hernández had moved to Brazil after he was offered a position with Telefónica.

His funeral will be held on Saturday and his wife said that "his remains will stay here, with nature."

When asked her plans for the future, she said, "I don't know yet what I will do," but stressed that the fight must continue for the environment, adding "We will not be silent."

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