Friday, March 12, 2010

GLAUCO AND SON KILLED IN SÃO PAULO

With great sadness we transmit the report that the much-loved leader of the Santo Daime church Ceu de Maria and his son Raoni were killed this morning during an attempted robbery on their home in Greater São Paulo.



Their music, joy and generous spirit will be missed by all. We send our condolences and prayers to the family and friends.

[Update: O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese) reports that the killings were even more tragic. They evidently occurred as Glauco attempted to dissuade a young man from killing himself. The article also contains links to testimonials from colleagues and examples of the art of Glauco who was a well-known cartoonist. ]

[Update 2: BRASILIA - President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva issued a statement mourning the death of cartoonist Glauco Villas-Boas:

"Glauco was a great chronicler of Brazilian society, understood the customs and habits of our people and expressed it with intelligence and humor. I was saddened by the news of his death and shocked by the unacceptable circumstances that also took their son Raoni. It was a tremendous loss. In light of this tragedy, I want to express my sorrow for the family, friends and admirers."]

A few past photos from Glauco's beloved Ceu de Maria follow:


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2 comments:

libby said...

Dear Lou,
I am so very sad to hear of the tragic death of Glauco and his son Roani. Are these the people that helped inspire you to move to Sao Paulo?
Sending heart felt sympathy and condolences to you and the whole community there.
Love,
Libby

Lou Gold said...

Thank you Libby,

I'm living now very far from São Paulo in Acre state Amazonia. But everywhere that I have traveled in Brazil I have followed a marvelous and generous trail of Santo Daime churches. Ceu de Maria (Glauco's church) is one of a dozen or so daime centers in the greater São Paulo area. All are inspiring in diverse and special ways.

hugs,

lou