A renowned Brazilian religious leader and his wife have been murdered allegedly by their own son in the city of Olinda, in Northeastern Brazil this Sunday.
Sixty-four-year-old Anglican bishop, Dom Edward Robinson Cavalcanti, and his wife, a retired teacher Mirian Nunes Machado Cotias Cavalcanti, were allegedly killed by their son, Eduardo Olimpio Cotias Cavalcanti, following a quarrel.
It has been reported that the son used a knife to first attack his father, but then turned on his mother when she tried to protect her husband. Both victims were rushed to Tricentenário hospital in Olinda but later died from their horrific injuries.
Shortly after the attack, Eduardo turned the knife on himself and also used non-identified medications in a failed attempt to end his life. He is hospitalized at Hospital da Restauração (HR) where he is being evaluated.
The bishop's aunt was at home and witnessed the crime but wasn't harmed.
According to investigators of the Homicide and Protection of People's Department, knives and drugs were found in the home, but the motive for the crime is still unknown.
"He (Eduardo) never came to visit his parents (in Brazil). They (the parents) were the ones who visit him in the United States. Although irresponsible and immature, Eduardo is a sweet young man. He had three children with three different women, but had never done harm to anyone," said Lucia Fora Ferreira, the bishop's niece.
According to Lucia, the family was happy with Eduardo's return from the U.S. to Brazil. He had lived in the U.S. since he was 16 years old. His decision to return to Brazil came after his pending deportation for petty crimes including his involvement with illegal drugs.
Bishop Robinson Cavalcanti led the Diocese of Recife, and fought against the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil when it embraced the Episcopal Church's pansexual agenda.
As a political scientist, he taught at the Faculty of Philosophy of Recife (Fafire) and was the former dean for the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE). He is also remembered as a former congressman from the Workers' Party, who helped former president of Brazil, Lula da Silva, his personal friend, during his presidential campaign.
Cavalcanti's death has come as a great shock for the Christian community in Brazil.
"My prayers and thoughts go to his family and friends for this great loss. I give my condolences," Pastor Renato Vargens, from the Christian Alliance Church, has said to The Christian Post. "The last time I saw him was at a seminary about violence promoted by Rio de Paz, (Rio of Peace) in Rio de Janeiro. I read many of his written material including 'Christianity and Politics'."
The bishop's body is scheduled to be buried this Thursday at the Anglican Cathedral of Boa Viagem, Recife, Pernambuco state.