Mass wake held for seven people massacred at Brazil school by two assailants inspired by Columbine

Mail Online | 3/15/2019 | Megan Sheets For;Associated Press
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Seven people brutally murdered at a school in southern Brazil were mourned by family, friends and former classmates at an open-casket memorial one day after the horrific massacre.

Thousands of people gathered at a volleyball arena in Suzano, a Sao Paulo suburb, for the mass wake on Thursday as rain soaked the streets outside.

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Heartbreaking photographs show loved ones standing over the victim's caskets shrouded in white netting and adorned with roses as they said their goodbyes.

Five students, one teacher and one administrator were killed and nine others were injured when two young men stormed their former school armed with a gun, crossbows and axes on Wednesday.

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At a news conference Thursday, Sao Paulo civil police director Ruy Ferraz revealed that 17-year-old Guilherme Taucci Monteiro and 25-year-old Henrique de Castro were trying to emulate the 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Those who knew the assailants, who committed suicide, told investigators they were obsessed with the attack on Columbine High School and had been planning their own version since at least November.

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Ferraz said the acquaintances said they didn't believe the attack would actually happen, or feared that telling anyone would make them targets.

The Colombine attack, also undertaken by two heavily armed young men, left 13 dead. And as in Wednesday's rampage, the Columbine assailants took their own lives.

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Ferraz said a third person, a 17-year-old former student at the school, had been involved in planning but was not present at the school when the attack happened.

He did not identify the accomplice but said police have asked a judge to issue a warrant for the teen's arrest.

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Before launching the school assault, police said the assailants shot and killed Monteiro's uncle, who owned a used-car dealership nearby. Monteiro had worked at the dealership, but had been fired by his uncle...
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