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Widow of British journalist Dom Phillips weeps at cremation as cops probe ‘ordered killing’

Widow of British journalist Dom Phillips cries at his cremation in Brazil – as police investigate reporter and assistant’s ‘murder warrant’ in Amazon

  • British journalist Dom Phillips and tour guide Bruno Pereira were killed in the Amazon
  • Now their families are demanding justice as Phillips’ funeral took place today
  • The Guardian writer’s cremation took place today after Pereira was buried on Friday
  • Couple missing during tribal abuse investigation

The family of the British journalist murdered in the Amazon called for justice as his cremation took place today.

Guardian writer Dom Phillips, 57, was cremated this afternoon at Parque da Colina cemetery in Brazil’s Niteroi, four weeks after he and indigenous expert guide Bruno Pereira, 41, disappeared.

Phillips’ widow Alessandra Sampaio was pictured today hugging Dom’s sister SIan in the cemetery.

Mrs. Sampaio, who also received her late husband’s wedding ring, said, “Now we can take them home and say goodbye with love.”

Dom Phillips' widow Alessandra Sampaio (center) pleaded for justice after the funeral today

Dom Phillips’ widow Alessandra Sampaio (center) pleaded for justice after the funeral today

Sampaio (second from left) hugs Sian Phillips (second from right) during the ceremony

Sampaio (second from left) hugs Sian Phillips (second from right) during the ceremony

Bruno was buried on Friday.

Their bodies were finally returned to the Phillips and Pereira families last week.

The police have arrested four suspects.

Pereira introduced Phillips to people he could interview for an upcoming book about the Amazon when their boat failed to show up at a meeting point near the Peruvian border.

Suspect Gabriel Dantas, who turned himself in to police in Sao Paulo on Friday, said he was driving the boat chasing the two men.

Dantas then shot the pair dead with a 16-gauge rifle in the boat — following orders, he said.

She said after she got the body: 'Now we can take them home and say goodbye with love'

She said after she got the body: ‘Now we can take them home and say goodbye with love’

The photo shows Brazilian activists asking,

The photo shows Brazilian activists asking, “Who ordered the murder of Dom and Bruno?”

Alessandra hugs another Phillips relative at the cemetery in Brazil today

Alessandra hugs another Phillips relative at the cemetery in Brazil today

Indigenous campaigners have also demanded justice as violence against them rises

Indigenous campaigners have also demanded justice as violence against them mounts

The news came after Brazil’s ambassador to London had to apologize to his embassy and pre-emptively told the journalist’s family that the couple – including Pereira – had been found dead.

Fisherman Amarildo da Costa, known as ‘Pelado’, and his brother Oseney da Costa, both 41, or ‘Dos Santos’, have also been arrested.

Amarildo was seen by witnesses before their disappearance in a boat following Phillips and Pereira at high speed.

The Javari region is an area notorious for illegal mining and drug trafficking, and the couple reportedly faced threats before their disappearance

The Javari region is an area notorious for illegal mining and drug trafficking, and the couple reportedly faced threats before their disappearance

The families of veteran correspondent Dom Phillips (pictured), 57, and Pereira, 41, have been waiting for news for a long time before the worst was finally confirmed a few days ago

The families of veteran correspondent Dom Phillips (pictured), 57, and Pereira, 41, have been waiting for news for a long time before the worst was finally confirmed a few days ago

Bruno Araújo Pereira, an expert on the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, was also missing with his health ID card and clothing found next to Mr Phillips' backpack

Bruno Araújo Pereira, an expert on the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, was also missing with his health ID card and clothing found next to Mr Phillips’ backpack

Local police found traces of blood on his boat that are being analyzed, and personal belongings of the two missing men near the home of ‘Pelado’, who was arrested on June 7 and has denied any involvement.

They also confiscated firearms cartridges and a belt.

Shock at their fate has reverberated in Brazil and around the world, highlighting the overhaul of the Funai indigenous agency under President Jair Bolsonaro, along with a rising tide of violence and criminal incursions into indigenous lands.

Amariledo 'Pelado' da Costa was taken into custody by authorities in Amazonas, Brazil.  His family claims he was waterboarded by police in an attempt to force a confession

Amariledo ‘Pelado’ da Costa was taken into custody by authorities in Amazonas, Brazil. His family claims he was waterboarded by police in an attempt to force a confession

Heavily armed federal officers led the suspect onto a boat and to the river where missing British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira disappeared

Heavily armed federal officers led the suspect onto a boat and to the river where missing British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira disappeared

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