Vilma was better known as Yalaorixá Yá Makumby, Mãe de Santo (mother of saint or priestess of an Afro-Brazilian religion of Central African origin) who was one of the main leaders of Candomblé de Angola in the region. She was a neighbor of Diego Quirino Ramos, 30, the confessed murderer. What has caused social tensions is that he claims to feel no remorse because his victims were possessed by "spiritual wickedness", a reference to his evangelical beliefs.
He told William Douglas Soares, the details of what happened, but defends himself by claiming to have received "divine orders" to commit the murders.
A friend of Diego says he was acting strangely on Saturday and claimed to be "hearing the voice of God."Arriving home, he stabbed and killed his mother first, Ariadne Benck dos Anjos, 48. Then went to the house of his neighbors.
"He said he did not see the victims as people he knew, but that these people embodied spiritual wickedness, and were dominated by evil spirits and he meant to free them. The voices have said that "to do justice he should go naked," said Douglas Soares. He added that Diego keeps talking about "theories of the end times and using the term 'liberating truth.'"
From the first moment, based on the testimony of Diego, there was talk of motivations based upon "religious intolerance." In the house, which was also the Candomblé Temple of Yalaorixá Makumby, all the religious images were found on the floor, but according to the source were used as self defense. "No one is stabbed without trying to defend themselves," he said. There is no testimony nor witnesses to confirm whether the victim or the attacker knocked over the statues. If the attacker did so, it would be incontestably an act of intentional desecration of a religious site.