'Black priest, member of the Pastoral Land Commission, who was active in the Bico do Papagaio region, in Tocantins. He was murdered by a gunman hired by landowners of the UDR, on May 10, 1986, in the city of Imperatriz, Maranhão. Only the gunman was convicted' (Fernandes, Bernardo Mançano e Stedile, João Pedro. Brava gente: a trajetória do MST e a luta pela terra no Brasil. São Paulo: Editora Fundação Perseu Abramo, 1999, p. 68 n. 4).