Four people stabbed to death in the parish of São Veríssimo, in Barcelos.

The victims are a couple of 80 and 84, a woman of 60 years and another woman aged 37, who was seven months pregnant.

The bodies were found in different places. Three in two separate houses and one on the public road, on the Travessa de São Sebastião.

The suspect for the four murders has confessed to the crimes, said the commander of the detachment of the GNR de Barcelos. “The confessed perpetrator of the crimes has already been identified,” said Adelino Silva, adding that “the killings were stabbed by the attacker in the victims’ neck area.”  Lieutenant-Colonel Vaz Lopes, from the command of the GNR of Braga, advanced informed the Diario de Noticais that the victims had cuts in the neck. They were beheaded.

A gun was later thrown by the person who is aged 62, to the roof of a neighbouring house. The Judiciary Police are at the scene. According to the Correio de Manha, the man was serving a suspended sentence of three years after he was convicted of domestic violence against his ex-wife and ex-mother-in-law.

Around 50 concentrated in the immediate vicinity of the crime scene and the GNR has created a security perimeter.

This is being reported as the highest number of murders in a single incident in recent history.