Luise Fernandes CazéAge 23
6 Sep 2022
São Luís, Maranhão (Brazil)
Luise died by suicide.
Luise Fernandes was transgender and had been living in São Luís for a year, where she was studying psychology at a private university in the capital of Maranhão. After her death, the family ended up burying the body of Devandro Lima, who died in a car accident, in her place. The error was only discovered five days after Devandro Lima's family found out about the accident and went to the Legal Medical Institute (IML).
Luise's family went to court to bury the young woman's body in Brasília, her homeland. But due to negative decisions, she was buried in São Luís.
The victim was found dead in a square in the Cidade Operária neighborhood where she lived on September 6. According to Sônia Fernandes Cazé, her daughter, who suffered from depression, resorted to suicide, through an overdose of medication.
Without money, the mother was not able to travel immediately for São Luís. The following day, Ms. Sônia went to Instituto Florescer, an organization that supports the LGBTQIA+ public, where Luise had already been treated because of her psychological disorders. Meanwhile, the young woman's body was taken to the Legal Medical Institute. Five days after supposedly burying her daughter, back in Brasília, the mother received a call from the Legal Medical Institute warning that the body she had buried was that of someone else.
In a cruel twist of fate, five days after burying her daughter in Brasília, Luise's mother received a call telling her that she had buried the wrong person. Although the body has been exhumed and returned to the correct family, the morgue are now refusing to release Luise's body.
Five days after supposedly burying her daughter, back in Brasília, the mother received a call from the Legal Medical Institute warning that the body she had buried was that of someone else. The person who Sônia had buried was Devandro Lima Souza, as shown in the document sent to the cemetery, requesting the exhumation of the body to deliver to the family, who live in Santa Inês, in the interior of Maranhão. The information we have is that Devandro was the victim of a car accident days before Luise's death. The exchange of bodies was only discovered because his family went to the IML.
Devandro's body was exhumed on the 16th. Luise's remains in the cold chamber of the Legal Medical Institute. According to the lawyer Silas Pazzini, who defends the family, the IML refused to provide a document confirming the exchange of bodies. “The biggest difficulty we have at the moment is documentation. It is necessary that a correction be made in Luise's Death Certificate, to include the new burial place. The real place, because Luise was not buried, another body was buried”, explained the delegate. To be able to take the body to Brasília, the family will have to go to court. The Human Rights Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association in Maranhão (OAB-MA) is already on the case.
Dona Sônia just wants to take her daughter to be buried in the city where she was born and rest her heart.
“I don't want to know who is guilty, I want to solve my problem, take Luise to a dignified burial, that every human being has that right”, declared the young woman's mother.
Luise's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/luisedubresil.