A 19-year-old Call of Duty Mobile player was murdered Monday afternoon in São Paulo, Brazil.
The woman, who goes in-game by Ingrid “Sol” Oliveira Bueno da Silva, was murdered by fellow COD Mobile player Guilherme “Flashlight” Alves Costa. According to the report, Flashlight planned Sol’s murder in a notebook, then stabbed her in his own home. After the murder, he proceeded to share a video and pictures of the murder with an organization called Gamers Elite.
Sol competed under the FBI Esports organization, which shared a touching social media post on Twitter, mourning the loss of their player.
In a statement, Gamers Elite published that it had nothing to do with the events that occurred.
“This Monday afternoon, [Guilherme] sent a video on the organization’s group on WhatsApp in which he supposedly had just killed a woman, filmed and shared the video. He also sent a PDF where he leaves messages of hatred against Christians and makes a nod to terrorism. After the clan leadership became aware of what happened, we organized ourselves and took necessary measures: We informed the appropriate authorities and asked all our members not to share the video of the alleged crime,” Gamers Elite said.
According to the investigation, Flashlight fled the scene of his home after he committed the murder, but he was convinced to return and turn himself in at the behest of his brother. In a video released by Viva ABC, Flashlight is arrested by police and is asked if he remembered what he did. He answers that he did, and that his sanity is “completely fit.” He also stated that he committed the crime “because he wanted to,” and was reportedly laughing while being taken away.
Jaguares Esports expressed their condolences for the young lady in a Twitter post that highlighted the seriousness of how women are treated in esports.
“It is with great sadness that Jaguares Esports wishes strength to the family of the player SOL and the FBI E-Sports team. We are all in mourning. May you rest in peace and justice be done, ” Jaguares said.
This tragic news comes right at the heels of a massive step forward for women in esports after Riot introduced the VCT Game Changers program, which sets out to elevate and spotlight women in the VALORANT competitive scene. What was supposed to be a day of celebration for women in esports has turned sour in reaction to the news of Sol’s murder.