A strange and tragic story is topping Brazilian headlines.
Alexander Gunsch, 48, admitted to police that he killed his wife, Débora “Debby” Michels, a fitness trainer, and placed her body, wrapped in a “red cloth,” on the sidewalk in front of her parent’s home.
According to local media outlets, the incident occurred last Friday. Alexander and Débora engaged in a heated argument, during which Alexander “grabbed Débora “by the neck and threw her against a wardrobe.”
The New York Post reported that shortly after hitting the wardrobe, Débora “started feeling ill.” Alexander then “put his wife into the car to go to the hospital, but he realized she was already dead on the way.”
According to the police report, Alexander panicked, drove to Débora’s parent’s home in Montenegro and left the body on the front sidewalk.
A spokesperson for the police told GZH, a local news outlet, “He simply dumped this victim’s body in front of [her] parents’ residence. Not only did he discard the cellphone, but also the victim’s body.”
Alexander turned himself into authorities. Police view Débora‘s death as a homicide and charged Gunsch with murder.
GZH reported that Alexander and Débora had been married for 11 years but were preparing to separate. Débora planned to move into a new apartment the day after she was killed.
Débora’s mother was to drive to her daughter’s home to help her pack and move — but those plans were interrupted when military police investigating her daughter’s death knocked on her door.
Authorities have noted the importance of reporting abuse and identifying warning signs. “It’s important for us to tell women not to remain silent, to seek help,” a police spokesperson said. “The only way to stop these male attackers is for the authorities to do something, because they will never stop.”
Débora’s father, Davi Rodrigues da Silva, said, “Let’s try to save her beautiful image. But it was incredibly evil. An atrocity. I only ask that justice be done, for the love of God. It’s such a huge pain. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that.”
“The people at the gym, who worked with her, loved her smile and her joy in working,” Débora’s brother, Alex Michels, said. “She loved what she did. She really liked it, and it really rubbed off on people, us in the family too. She was a captivating person, very special.”
Michels added, “This situation is revolting. What our family wants is justice. You cannot leave anyone unpunished.”
She worked as a personal trainer since 2011 and shared fitness tips and gym routine recommendations on various online platforms.
“Débora was a person very loved by everyone here in the community. Friends, family, everyone loved her,” her brother said.
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