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Groom murders bride, best man and himself at Brazilian wedding

December 21, 2010 - London

A groom in Brazil shot his new wife, his best man and then himself after declaring to horrified guests that he had a 'surprise' for them. ccording to witnesses, 29-year-old sales manager Rogerio Damascena did not give any clues that something was wrong at his wedding reception, said police investigator Joao Brito.

He said the killings were believed to be planned because of the groom's announcement and because he had hidden a gun in his father's pickup truck.

Renata Alexandre Costa Coelho, the 25-year-old bride and best man Marcelo Guimaraes both died in the murder-suicide.

A brother of the bride was also treated at a hospital and released. quoted a sister of the bride who left before the shootings as saying she didn't believe it was a crime of passion.

"My sister was a wonderful person who loved and wanted to be loved," The Telegraph quoted Lucia Helena Coelho as saying.

"He was happy, she was happy, the party was beautiful. His family adored her and doesn't understand this.

"He revealed himself as a sociopath who fooled the entire family and killed his best friend, who was ... the best man," she added.


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