Samya Silva, a popular influencer with over 55,000 Instagram followers, was tragically killed in a shooting incident as she left a water park with friends. The incident occurred on October 1st when two men on a motorcycle followed Samya and her two female friends.
According to police reports, the assailants fired at least six shots at Samya, resulting in her collapse near a roundabout. Paramedics who arrived at the scene shortly thereafter confirmed her death, while her friends escaped unharmed.
Samya had recently posted a video on her Instagram Stories, joking about the hot weather, just an hour before the shooting. In a poignant video posted earlier from inside a club, she captioned it with, “I don’t know why this song reminds me of you, Mum,” accompanied by a hand-heart emoji.
Following the tragic event, the police cordoned off the crime scene in Teresina, northeastern Brazil. Authorities are working to identify the perpetrators and determine the motive behind the crime, with local media speculating that it may be gang-related.
Reports suggest that Samya was once captured on video dancing with friends and making a ‘number three’ hand sign, believed by some to be associated with the PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital). The PCC is a criminal organization considered to be Brazil’s largest and most organized, with a presence throughout the country and in neighboring nations. Their activities reportedly include assassinations, prison escapes, prison riots, drug trafficking, and bank robberies.
However, many social media users have suggested that the hand gesture Samya made may have other meanings, and she may not have been aware that it was associated with a criminal gang.
Samya leaves behind a young son, and the investigation into her tragic killing is ongoing.