Ingrid 'SOL' Oliveira Bueno da Silva has been brutally murdered, amidst allegations a fellow Call of Duty player could be responsible for her stabbing.

10:44, 24 Feb 2021

There's tragic news from the competitive Call of Duty scene, as Brazillian star Ingrid "SOL" Oliveira Bueno da Silva has been reportedly been stabbed to death in the apartment of another player. Her body was found at the home of Call of Duty Mobile player Guilherme “Flashlight” Alves Costa, with outlets claiming he has confessed to her murder. 

According to ESPN Brazil, Costa met SOL online and befriended her, before planning her murder. A notebook was apparently found at the scene of the crime that detailed his plans. The site reports that he shared a video and images of her murder via WhatsApp with a group known as Gamers Elite. At the time of his arrest, it's claimed Costa said, "My sanity is completely fit, adding, "I wanted to do this". He apparently confessed to the crime less than 30 minutes after his arrest.

The investigation claims Costa fled the scene after the murder, but could've been convinced to return by his brother. A video released by VivaABC shows the player being arrested by police and being asked if he remembered what he did. Costa is seen as compliant and saying yes, he remembers the incident, as he's led away. According to Rod “Slasher” Breslau, Flashlight also sent unopened files to Federal University of Ceará Professor Lola Aronavich, which were attached to an email labelled "a commendable act".

SOL was known as a member of the Brazillian CoD esports team FBI (Fantastic Brazil Impact), which shared a heartfelt message in the aftermath of her death. Jaguares Esports also gave condolences in a lengthy Twitter post discussing 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". 

Clarifying its own position on what happened, Gamers Elite reiterated it had nothing to do with the crime. In a statement, the group said, "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". 

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What should've been a day of celebration was marred in tragedy. The news of SOL's murder comes just after Riot Games announced the VCT Game Changers tournament to champion marginalised VALORANT players, with an emphasis on elevating women in the esports scene. Only last month, there was a movement similar to #MeToo that called out the mistreatment of women in the Brazillian esports scene. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Ingrid Oliveira Bueno da Silva.

 

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