Botucatu, Brazil – Eustacio Batista, a celebrated former bodybuilding champion known for his accomplishments in the Men’s Physique category, met a tragic end when he was shot dead by two hitmen while in the midst of his training at a gym in Botucatu, Brazil.
Batista, who had achieved significant recognition for his achievements, claimed victory in the Brazilian national championship in 2018 and followed it up with a state championship win in 2019.
The assailants reportedly identified the 27-year-old bodybuilder through his Instagram posts, raising concerns about privacy and personal security in the age of social media.
A security camera within the gym captured the grim event, showing Batista, clad in a red t-shirt, engaged in conversation with a fellow gym-goer when the two hitmen entered the facility. In a desperate attempt to escape, Batista made a run for it, but the merciless hitmen swiftly gunned him down.
Tragically, the chaos that ensued also affected an unintended victim at the gym, as a stray bullet struck another individual during the incident.
Local law enforcement promptly responded to the scene, though their efforts to apprehend the perpetrators proved unsuccessful. The authorities have launched an investigation to identify and apprehend the individuals responsible for the murder and uncover the motives behind this shocking crime.
The bodybuilding community, as well as the residents of Botucatu, mourn the loss of Eustacio Batista, a promising athlete whose life was tragically cut short by this act of violence.