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“The bags were already packed to go back”, said Sister Cleane Firmiano. According to her, the two-year relationship with an ex-American sailor had already ended a few months ago, but they continued to live in the same house.
Born in Penedo (AL), Gleise was the fourth daughter of a family of 11 siblings, who currently live in Sergipe and Alagoas. She left Brazil after high school, learned to speak English and Spanish and got to know countries like Mexico and Italy.
“She always dreamed of having the best and helping her family. She always helped our mother, brothers, nephews. Every end of the year she sent something, not just thinking about her. There was no better person,” Cleane recalled.
Eight years ago, she lived in the city of San Bernardino, in the state of California (USA), where she worked as a model. According to her sister, she met the former sailor at a gym, they started dating and decided to live together. She also claims that Gleise never reported aggression from her boyfriend.
The family was notified of the Brazilian’s death on February 10, about 10 days after her death. According to the family’s report, the police informed that she had a fight with her ex-boyfriend, took the car and the dog and left the house with one of his guns. When she was found, during the approach, she put her hand on the gun and the police fired.
Dissatisfied with the little information she received, the sister even asked her ex-boyfriend, whom she doesn’t know well, why he called the police. “He said he was afraid she’d do something stupid.”
More than a month after the death, the body remains in the United States. The family tried to get help from the Federal Government to bring the body to Brazil, but there was no response. This Wednesday (15), the government of Alagoas informed that it will bear the costs, which is around R$ 70 thousand.
O g1 contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In a note, the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles reported that it provided assistance to the family members, and highlighted that there is no regulatory and budgetary provision for paying for the transfer with public funds.
“In the event of the death of a Brazilian citizen abroad, Brazilian consulates will be able to provide general guidance to family members, support their contacts with local authorities and take care of the issuance of documents, such as the consular death certificate”.
Family says Brazilian model was killed in police approach in the US