After the bodies of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous activist Bruno Pereira were found in the Amazon by Brazilian police, the scribe’s family expressed their grief to the news. The duo’s work will inspire others, they also said. The family also thanked everyone who helped find Phillips and Pereira. The statement was released on behalf of Phillips’ sister Sian, her brother Gareth, their partners and their children.
“We are heartbroken at the confirmation that Dom and Bruno were murdered and send our deepest condolences to Alessandra, Beatriz and the other members of the Brazilian family of the two men. We are grateful to everyone who participated in the search, especially the indigenous groups, who worked tirelessly to find evidence of the attack,” the family wrote.
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“In due course we will offer our perspective on the courageous lives and important work of these remarkable men, but at this time we ask that media representatives allow the family to deal privately with what is happened to their beloved Dom,” the statement added.
Earlier, investigators said on Wednesday they had uncovered human remains in their search for British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira after a suspect confessed to killing them in the Amazon rainforest.
According to investigator Eduardo Fontes, the suspect, a fisherman who had argued with Pereira over his efforts to prevent illegal fishing on indigenous lands, led police to a remote burial site where the bones were discovered. .
“This tragic ending puts an end to the anguish of not knowing where Dom and Bruno are. Now we can bring them home and say goodbye with love. Today we also begin our quest for justice. I hope the investigations will exhaust all avenues and provide definitive answers on all relevant details as soon as possible,” Phillips’ wife Alessandra Sampaio said in a statement on Wednesday.
On Twitter, Pereira’s wife, Beatriz Matos, said: “Now that the spirits of Bruno roam the forest and spread among us, our strength is much greater.”
Phillips, a freelance journalist who has written for the Guardian and the Washington Post, was researching for a book on the trip with Pereira, a former leader of the recently-encountered and isolated tribes of the federal indigenous affairs agency Funai.
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