Arrest Made Following the Death of Brazilian Overwatch Voice Actress Christiane Louise
Overwatch has lost a hero, following the death of Christiane Louise, who was the Portuguese voice for
a wide range of games and TV shows
, including Overwatch (Mercy), Halo (Cortana), League of Legends (Sivir), Injustice: Gods Among Us (Zatanna), The Simpsons (Hellen Lovejoy), The Thornberrys (Debby Thornberry), Avatar The Legend of Korra (Kya), and several more. Although this news is already sad, we've learned that the full story is much darker.
Content Warning involving real-life violence and death.
The death of 49-year-old Christiane Louise was first reported on
by fellow Brazilian voice actor Mário Tupinambá Filho on August 5th, though no cause was specified. We now know the sad truth of her unfortunate fate, with the
Brazilian newspaper O Globo
reporting the arrest of 27-year-old Pedro Paulo Goncalves Vasconcellos da Costa for her murder.
“It is with my bleeding soul that I announce the departure of Christiane Louise. I love you forever, Zinha.”
According to investigations by the Capital Homicide Precinct, Costa killed Christiane Louise at her home in Rio de Janeiro (more graphic details can be found in the linked articles), and with the help of his mother and another unidentified person, attempted to hide her body in a vegetated area of Praia de Grumari Beach. Costa had purportedly
met Christiana at a psychiatric clinic in 2017
and had since become good friends - Costa had been staying with her for the last few weeks, and
initially explained her disappearance to friends
, stating that she had travelled to Mangaratiba with a boyfriend for about 15 days and did not take her cell phone. Upon apprehension by the police however, Costa quickly confessed to her murder, then alleging that he acted in self-defense against Louise, who he claimed was mentally unwell, under the influence of drugs and alcohol, "possessed by the devil," and wanted his blood for a religious ritual. This defense has been disputed by investigators, who believe the killing was financially motivated, having discovered several stolen items in the home of his mother, Eliane Gonçalves Vasconcellos da Costa, who remains a fugitive. According to the Brazilian police report, Costa and his mother also spent two days inside Christiane Louise's home before moving the body, which was discovered about two more days later. She is therefore believed to have been killed sometime around July 22nd, nearly two weeks before fellow voice actor Filho first reported the news of her passing via Instagram.
Christiane Louise, alongside several of the characters she provided the Portuguese voice for.
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