MC Daleste’s Father Sites “Envy” As Reason His Son Was Killed

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A large gathering of fans were in attendance, Monday (July 8), at the funeral of slain Brazilian Funk singer, MC Daleste, whose mid-concert killing was captured on tape and has since gone viral. He was laid to rest at a Sao Paulo cemetery just two days after being killed on stage by an unknown gunman. With the perpetrator yet to be apprehended, a motive for the shocking crime is hard to come by. Daleste’s father Roland Pellegrine said he has an idea why someone might have it out for his son who was a rising star on the music scene. “It was envy. Jealousy kills,” Pellegrine told G1 News. “[He] was a very good boy, a charismatic boy, docile. He had no enemies … My son was the king of funk.”

Daleste, 20, was performing a free show at a public housing project in the city of Campinas when he was shot shortly after starting a song. The disturbing incident, which was captured on film by an onlooker, has nearly six million views on YouTube. In the footage, Daleste is performing when a loud pop rings out and he immediately falls back clutching his abdomen. According to witnesses, the entertainer was shot at least twice in front of a crowd of nearly 3,000 people. He later succumbed to his wounds at a local hospital. The Campinas police department have opened a full homicide investigation into the incident. They currently have no known suspects.