Itaberli and his mother (Facebook)
A mother in Brazil has confessed to stabbing her gay teenage son to death, apparently because she could not accept his sexuality.
The charred body of Itaberli Lozano, 17, was discovered in a cane field near a highway in the state of São Paulo on Saturday.
According to local reports, his mother Tatiana Lozano Pereira, 32, hired two men to beat up her son in an ambush at the family home in order to “teach him a lesson”.
The mother and son had earlier fought on Christmas Eve and the teenager had gone to stay with his grandmother. It was reported that he was lured to the house under the pretense of meeting to resolve their problems.
During the December 29 attack, she ordered the men to finish off Itaberli who, was lying injured on the floor. When they refused, she allegedly stabbed him in the neck herself with a kitchen knife.
Tatiana and her husband, Itaberli’s stepfather, then dumped the body in the cane fields and set it on fire.
After being arrested, she admitted to the crime and named her accomplices. Her husband has been charged for his role in covering up the murder. The woman has since changed her story and claims that three youths murdered her son.
The victim’s uncle has suggested that Tatiana killed Itaberli as a result of her long-standing refusal to accept that he was gay.
While LGBT Brazilians have many rights, including marriage equality and adoption by gays and lesbians, the community continues to face some of the highest levels of violence in the world. Transgender women in particular bear the brunt of much of the violence.