Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This beautiful young woman has lost her five-day battle for life after suffering burns to 80 percent of her body following an explosion at a clandestine party in a favela.
Ana Carolina Goncalves de Oliveira, aged 20, succumbed to her injuries in hospital in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on 5th June.
The young woman had been admitted with first- and second-degree burns to 82 percent of her body after catching fire following an explosion at the clandestine party in a favela in the early hours of 31st May.
Witnesses recounted how a box containing bottles of ether spray, a recreational inhalant drug known locally as ‘lanca-perfume’, caught fire and exploded close to the young woman.
Footage taken at the scene shows the table where the box of inhalants had been engulfed in flames.
Footage taken before the explosion shows how the ‘baile funk’ party in the favela of Rocinha was packed in spite of coronavirus restrictions.
Carolina was buried in Caju Cemetery on 6th June.
The police are investigating the case.
Numerous packed clandestine parties have been taking place in Rocinha since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to news site O Nilopolitano, many of them have been put on by wanted drug trafficker John Wallace da Silva Viana, alias ‘Johny Bravo’, in defiance of COVID restrictions.
The police are seeking the 32-year-old fugitive from justice and the force has said in a statement that officers continue to police the favela.
According to Worldometer, Brazil has 1,102,797 active COVID-19 cases.