An unidentified gunman on a motorcycle shot Luiz, 49, at
least four times outside his offices at Radio Jornal, where he hosted a sports
program, news reports
Luiz was known for his critical commentary, particularly
regarding the management of the local soccer team Atletico Goianiense,
according to news reports.
Before his death, he had been banned entry from the premises of the team’s
headquarters, news reports said.
Manoel de Oliveira, a well-known sports commentator and the
journalist’s father, said he believed his son’s death was related to his
reporting and that he had “lost his son because of football,” the TV station
Lorena Nascimento de Oliveira, Luiz’s wife, said he had told her he was
concerned by problems he had had with people involved with the sport, the Globo
report said. She did not offer further details.
The management of the Atletico Goianiense team put out
condemning the murder and calling for a full investigation. “Luiz was known for
his commentary, which at times angered some sectors of the club, but on the
other hand, his strong opinions also informed the club’s decision-making and
helped Atletico grow,” the statement said.
Adriana Ribeiro de Barros, head of the state’s homicide
unit, noted the journalist’s controversial opinions and said they would be
investigating the case.