Brazilian mass murderer Wellington Menezes, who committed one of the largest non-gang related murders reported in the country. On the 7th of April 2011 Menezes entered Escola Municipal Tasso da Silveira, an elementary school, and shot dead 12 children - who were all between the ages of 10 and 13. One of the surviving children reported that Menezes appeared to be aiming to kill girls, while when shooting boys he shot to immobilise them. 10 out of the 12 dead were girls.
Police insisted that, having received a suicide letter from Menezes before the attack, there appeared to be no political or religious motive - despite reports that Menezes was fascinated by jihadi muslim extremists and had been researching Islam. He had attended the elementary school he targeted during his youth, where he was viciously bullied. In a recording made before the attack he said:
“The struggle for which many brothers died in the past, and for which I will die, is not solely because of what is known as bullying. Our fight is against cruel people, cowards, who take advantage of the kindness, the weakness of people unable to defend themselves.”