Soap Opera Star And His Parents Shot Dead By GFs Dad

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCEN

This young actor and his parents have been shot dead at his girlfriend’s home and police say her dad carried out the killings because he could not accept their relationship.

Brazilian actor Rafael Henrique Miguel, 22, and his parents Joao Alcisio Miguel, 52, and Miriam Selma Miguel, 50, had reportedly gone to his girlfriend’s house to speak about their relationship in the Pedreira area of the city of Sao Paulo, in the southern Brazilian state of the same name.

Reports state his girlfriend, Isabela Tibcherani, 18, and her mother greeted them at the door and invited them into the house. However, Tibcherani’s father, Paulo Cupertino Matias, 48, then appeared at the house by surprise with a gun and shot the three guests dead in the doorway, according to the Civil Police.

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Investigators believe the father committed the brutal crime because he could not accept the relationship between the actor and his daughter, and local media state that the father was known to be possessive of his daughter. 

A manhunt has now been launched for the suspect, who according to local media outlet Globo has a criminal record for a robbery committed in 1990.

Miguel’s girlfriend has now written a dedication to the actor on social media, reading: “It’s very difficult to take in, but I want to think of you as the enlightened man you are, the man who made me proud, who made me the happiest woman in the world, who showed me true love, who saved me and believed in me when I thought so many times about giving up.

“I’ll never love anyone like I loved you. I’ll never love another. You’re the one.”

The young actor was best known for playing the character ‘Pacoca’ in the soap opera ‘Chiquitas’, and he also worked on the soap operas ‘Pe na Jaca’ and ‘Cama de Gato’.

The investigation into the murders is ongoing and no arrests have been reported.

Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.