The client Brenda defended was Janielson Nunes de Lima, 25 years old, also known as “Gordo da Batata”. He was in the lawyer’s car, with three family members, at the time of the crime. Brenda was driving the vehicle, Janielson was in the passenger seat and relatives were in the back seat, according to Ilanna. They were leaving the city police station, where he had given a statement and been released due to lack of evidence.
Minutes after leaving the police station, the car driven by the lawyer was followed by four people on two motorcycles. The shooters opened fire on Janielson, but also shot Brenda Oliveira. The shooters fled and were not identified.
The lawyer was not the target of the criminals, but she was killed for being in the same car as Janielson, according to the Civil Police. Agents believe that the crime was motivated by revenge for the death of cowboy João Victor Bento da Costa, 19, for which Brenda’s client was named as a suspect.
Only after the hearing, which she did not attend, I found out, from a former intern of ours, that Brenda had died. At first, there was talk of an accident, but later it became clear that she was murdered. I wanted it to be a nightmare, I was devastated. I don’t know what it will be like without her presence. We talked all the time, all day long.
The lawyer claims that Brenda’s family is suffering greatly from her death. She traveled from Natal to Santo Antônio, to meet her friend’s parents. According to the story, Brenda’s mother is “ungrounded” and had to be medicated to bear the pain of the loss.