Brazilian professional Call of Duty: Mobile player Ingrid “Sol” was murdered on Monday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The culprit in the crime was allegedly fellow professional COD player Flashlight. Sol was only 19 at the time of her death.
Flashlight is now facing charges of qualified homicide, after reportedly confessing his crime to the police.
“Our player SOL was brutally murdered," the Jaguares Esports organization said in a WhatsApp message. "I wish I could be more delicate on this subject but we are in shock. She disappeared a few days ago and was found dead by a psychopath who stabbed and recorded and posted it on social media,."
Sol competed in professional Call of Duty: Mobile for FBI E-sports.
Krony, a team manager for FBI E-Sports, posted a story to Instagram saying, “She was an extraordinary person, whom we will remember every day that the sun rises, every day that the sunlight touches our body. Every time we look at the Sun, we will remember her.”
According to a report by the R7 portal, Flashlight stabbed Sol to death while the two were inside his home in North Sao Paulo. Flashlight then reportedly posted images of Sol’s lifeless body onto WhatsApp groups before confessing his crime to the police.
The investigation revealed that Flashlight planned his attack, including writing down his intention to kill her in a book that was acquired by the police as evidence in his case. According to a video released by Viva ABC, Flashlight said “my sanity is completely fit” when he was arrested. He went on to clarify “I wanted to do this.”
Violence toward women has been a rising problem in Brazil over the past several years, both in and out of esports. The IPEA's Atlas of Violence 2020 showed that more than 4,500 women were murdered in Brazil in just 2018.
In a follow-up tweet, the organization stated, "Brazil does not yet have official women's COD Mobile championships. Jaguares and other women's teams are venturing into the mixed scenario and we have already suffered from several episodes of machismo. Femicides will not be tolerated!#JustiçaPelaSol."
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.