A 20-YEAR-old Instagram model has died after she was shot in the face while leaving a party.
Raila Sales Ferreira spent five days in a hospital in Brazil fighting for her life but sadly passed away on Monday.
Local news site D24am reports that the model was shot in the face moments after she got into a taxi she had ordered on an app after leaving a party.
Emergency service workers immediately arrived on the scene and found that, despite the model’s horrific injuries, she was still alive.
Raila was taken to the intensive care unit of the Joao Lucio Hospital where she spent five days fighting for her life before succumbing to her injuries at midday yesterday.
Photos taken in the aftermath of the shooting show how the glass window of the taxi’s back door was left completely shattered.
Police are now on the hunt for the mystery gunman after the horrific attack last Wednesday night.
The post-mortem on Raila’s body gave her cause of death as cerebral oedema (excess accumulation of fluid in the intracellular or extracellular spaces of the brain), cranial haemorrhage and cranial trauma caused by the gunshot.
The police have registered the case as a homicide and they are currently investigating the whereabouts of the killer.
According to a 2020 report from Women’s Media Center (WMC), femicide rates across Brazil continue to rise despite the overall murder rate falling.
In 2019, the number of violent crimes fell 19 per cent from 2018, however, there was a seven per cent rise in femicides in the same year.
Femicide is described by UNWomen as “any crime that involves domestic violence, contempt, or discrimination against women, which results in their death.”
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.