A husband impaled his wife on a broomstick and cut off her lips while she was still alive before going on to take his own life, police believe.
The horrific murder followed by the killer's suicide happened at the married couple's residence in the municipality of Formosa in the Brazilian state of Goias on Sunday.
Nadia Xavier da Silva, 37, was found dead on her bed after being tortured and mutilated, allegedly by her husband Ramiclid Bruno Alves, 31, according to local sources.
Local news site Metropoles said Nadia was still alive and in agony when she was being abused.
The police found she had her lips sliced off with a fishing knife and she had many other injuries across her body including several other pieces that were cut off, although no further details were given other than the fact that her lips had been removed.
The fatal blow came from a stabbing wound to her chest where the knife was buried so deep in her body only the handle could be seen.
A bloody broomstick was also found next to the victim's body, which the police believe was used to impale her.
An insider to the investigation told Metropoles the scene appeared to show several empty beer bottles in the residence which has led them to believe an alcohol fuelled argument had happened before the vicious act.
Chief Danilo Meneses said the killer, who is believed to be Alves, had a "troubled relationship" with Nadia when he allegedly committed the horrifying murder. He added that the police are investigating to see if anybody else was involved.
Alves' body was found hanged from a rope at the back of the house.
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The bodies were discovered by Alves' sister, who has not been named, after she tried calling her brother several times.
After receiving no answer she decided to check on him at his home, where she discovered the horrific scene.
Local media said the couple had broken up in 2018 when Alves was reportedly arrested for physically striking Nadia and biting her lip and eyebrows.
The couple had since decided to get back together and give the relationship another chance.
The investigation is ongoing.
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