Tiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha

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Tiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha
Tiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha

(1988-02-04) 4 February 1988 (age 35)
Goiânia, Brazil
Criminal penalty25 years
Victims11 convicted
39 claimed [1]
Span of crimes
Country Brazil
State(s) Goiás
Date apprehended
October 2014

Tiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha (born 4 February 1988) is a Brazilian former security guard and serial killer who has claimed to have killed 39 people. [1] He approached his victims on a motorbike and shouted "robbery" before shooting them. [2] However, he never took anything. [1] He targeted homeless people, women and homosexuals in Goiás. [1] [3] His youngest victim was a 14-year-old girl killed in January 2014 and 16 of his victims were women. [3] Gomes da Rocha was arrested after being caught riding a motorbike with a fake plate. He earlier caught the attention of police after they discovered that he was facing trial for stealing the number plate off a motorbike at a supermarket in Goiania in January 2014. A motorbike, stolen plates and the suspected murder weapon, a .38 revolver, were retrieved from a home he shared with his mother. [3] He attempted suicide in his prison cell on 16 October 2014 by slashing his wrists with a smashed light bulb. [4] [2] Gomes da Rocha has claimed to have gained murderous urges after being sexually abused by his neighbor at age 11. [5]

In May 2016, he was convicted of 11 murders and sentenced to 25 years in prison. [6] [7] [8]

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