Man kills bride, best man, self at wed­ding

The Pak Banker - - International -

RIO DE JANEIRO: A bride­groom fa­tally shot his new wife, his best man and then him­self af­ter an­nounc­ing to hor­ri­fied guests that he had a "sur­prise" for them, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day.

Wit­nesses re­ported that 29year-old Rogerio Da­m­a­s­cena, a sales man­ager in Ca­ma­rag­ibe, out­side the northeastern Brazil­ian city of Re­cife, did not give any pre­vi­ous in­di­ca­tion that any­thing was wrong at his wed­ding re­cep­tion, po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor Joao Brito said.

Brito would not spec­u­late on a pos­si­ble mo­tive, say­ing fam­ily mem­bers were in shock and he had not in­ter­viewed them yet.

Brito did say the killings are be­lieved to be pre­med­i­tated be­cause of the groom's an­nounce­ment and be­cause he had hid­den a gun in his fa­ther's pickup truck.

Twenty-five-year-old bride Re­nata Alexan­dre Costa Coelho and best man Marcelo Guimaraes were both killed in Satur­day's murder-sui­cide. A brother of the bride was treated at a hos­pi­tal and re­leased.

The web­site Globo.com 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," Lu­cia He­lena Coelho was quoted as say­ing. -Ap

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