Manhunt underway to find suspected killer of 24-year-old futsal player in Quarteira

A police search is underway to find the man who fatally stabbed 24-year-old futsal player Sílvio Rocha in Quarteira on Wednesday afternoon.

The attack allegedly took place shortly after 4pm while Sílvio was walking to futsal practice. According to eyewitnesses, the two men got into an argument on a public street. After the first stab attacks, Sílvio reportedly tried to escape but was chased by the man and stabbed again.

He fell to the pavement on the Dr Francisco Sá Carneiro avenue in the centre of Quarteira while the attacker fled. Some locals tried to help him until INEM emergency services arrived, but his wounds were too severe, and his death was declared shortly after.

GNR were the first police authority at the scene but the investigation has been taken over by PJ criminal police, who investigated the scene for several hours.

According to Jornal de Notícias, PJ police believe the attack may have been a “settling of scores”. The paper adds that the victim was also ‘signalled’ by GNR police for thefts.

The road was cut off until 7.30pm when the body was removed from the scene and taken to faro’s legal medicine office.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com