A vacation in Madeira ended in a tragic way for a family in Santana, early this Sunday morning, 13th August 2017. For reasons not yet entirely clear, a 50-year-old man, aimed a firearm at the head of his mother, sister and father, and fired at point-blank range when the victims were already in bed. The first two, aged 73 and 51 years, died immediately, the third, 78 years old, is in a very serious condition and under a reserved prognosis in the intensive care unit of the Funchal Hospital.
According to the DN, the house where the crime occurred, at Colmo’s site (Santana) around midnight on Sunday, belongs to the suspect’s parents, emigrants in France and who were vacationing in their homeland. With them were also the 51-year-old sister and the suspect’s nephew, who were residents of the Algarve and who joined their relatives in a reunion in Madeira that was intended to be a reliever but which turned out to be quite a conflict.
Reports are that on Saturday night the suspect and his sister disagreed. The parents will have taken the part of the daughter, defending their arguments, leaving the suspect quite angry.
According to a source close to his family, his nephew and brother persuaded him to go and have a drink at the ‘Contradictions’ bar, to stir up their spirits and then proceed to the camp in the parish of São Jorge.
The two women’s deaths were confirmed on the spot. The 78-year-old man was assisted by EMIR and evacuated to the Dr. Nélio Mendonça hospital, being hospitalized under a rather reserved prognosis.
The son and brother of the victims is suspected of having committed the crime in a frame of revenge.