Rihanna’s Navy is mourning the loss of one of their own today as a
tragedy has taken the life of 14-year-old Thiago Sobral Valencia, one of
the singer’s biggest fans in Brazil. According to reports, Thiago, who
went by “Thyago Fenty” online, was stabbed to death by his drunken
stepfather who also killed Thiago’s 9-year-old brother Santos Junior
Osvaldo and their mother Vanessa Almeida Sobral. The brutal crime
stunned the family’s neighbors and the city of Sergipe.
As soon as Rihanna heard of what happened, she reached out to the
family to offer her help in paying for Thiago’s funeral, as well as
posted er condolences on Twitter:
R.I.P. To one of our fallen soldiers, brutally murdered yesterday in Brazil! 14 year old Thiago, will forever be in our hearts!
Just learned that Thiago’s mother and sibling were also murder victims in the horrible and tragic turn of events! Dear God!
Let’s send our support to his family and friends during this difficult time guys!
Apparently Ri had her people reach out to Brazilian authorities to
get in contact with Thiago’s biological father to offer her condolences.
Eronilton Santos said he didn’t expect to hear from Rihanna at all, but
in the end he rejected the funeral offer and asked that she pay tribute
to his son so he can watch from heaven.
“I was surprised that they’re concerned about it. The
representative said that it was a request from Rihanna herself, who
wanted to offer all kinds of help. They wanted to pay for the funeral,
but I only asked if she would provide a tribute to him. The only thing I
thought is that from heaven, where he is, he’s going to see this
gesture. The impact of the message she posted about it on Twitter was
“He never went [to Rihanna's concert] because of the lack of money.
Since last year, when he knew she would come to Brazil, he began to save
money in a safe to be able to see her.”
Even though Eronilton has rejected her offer to pay for the funeral,
Rihanna still keeps in contact and hopes that the family will accept her
Before dying, Tiago collected CDs, DVDs and also kept his savings to go to her concert.
Watch a tribute video to Thiago: