IN LOVING MEMORY OF LEONARDO
Our dear friend and colleague Leonardo has been mercilessly slain by a jealous killer. Here he is seen with Fabiana and volunteer Harold baking bread.
Leonardo had an appetite for life and wanted to be part of everything. His killer thought indifferently.
It came as a great shock to us that Léo, (Leonardo Henrique Fontoura da Silva), had recently been shot dead at point blank. His unexpected death on November 8th. makes him yet another victim of the meaningless and far too common violence infecting our society.
Léo was a good musician and dancer who enjoyed playing in his own group "Estrela do Samba" together with other friends. His constant participation at nightspots was also a worrying concern for his mother, who preferred him home in the evenings due to the constant violence in our region.
Léo joined our programme as a teenager, as an active participant of our youth group. He also worked as office boy at the Hummingbird Activity Centre during the first year of its development. Eventually he found himself a fixed job, but continued practicing capoeira and dance at Hummingbird, always appearing here with a smile on his face.
His malicious killer had no other reasons for murdering him other than for his success, his joy over life and his girlfriend. Léo’s girlfriend witnessed the killing and he died in her presence after having attempted to scare off the killer only to receive yet another shot whilst the culprit directed shots at her too. As with the majority of such vicious actions, the author still roams freely on the streets in a society permeated with impunity.
Leonardo had many friends at Hummingbird, sharing joy over the activities offered there and he will be missed by all. Hopefully our actions will help diminish the violence, a threat to all of them.
Please consider making a donation to our Street Children's Memorial Fund at the bottom of this Blog. This fund sustains the programmes of the Hummingbird Activity Centre.