One of Rihanna’s biggest supporters was the victim of a brutal murder, and Rihanna has offered to pay for his funeral.
According to reports, 14-year-old Thiago Sobral Valencia, one of Rihanna’s biggest Brazilian fans (he went by “Thyago Fenty” online), was stabbed to death by his stepfather in a drunken rage. His stepfather also killed Thiago’s 9-year-old brother and their mother.
She spoke out on Twitter and via Instagram about the horrible tragedy.
R.I.P. To one of our fallen soldiers, brutally murdered yesterday in Brazil! 14 year old Thiago, will forever be in our hearts! #Navy
Just learned that Thiago’s mother and sibling were also murder victims in the horrible and tragic turn of events! Dear God! #Navy #RIPThiago
Let’s send our support to his family and friends during this difficult time guys! #RIPThiago
Upon learning of the incident, she had her team reach out to Brazilian authorities who then contacted Thiago’s father, Eronilton Santos.
She offered to handle all costs of the funeral, but the family rejected.
Thiago’s father told a local publication:
“I was surprised they were concerned. The representative said that it was a request from Rihanna herself, who wanted to offer all kinds of help. She wanted to pay for the funeral of James, but the family only asked that she would provide a tribute to him.
The only thing I thought is that from heaven, where he is, he is going to see this gesture.
The impact of the message she posted about it on Twitter was huge.”
Such a tragic story. R.I.P. Thiago.