Two 18-year-old twin sisters were executed in Ceará, Brazil, last Wednesday—shot in the back of their heads. Their final moments were live-streamed on Instagram by the killers.

The remains of the two victims, identified as Amália Alves and Amanda Alves, were discovered on the side of a road behind a housing complex in Pacajus, Ceará, hours after the horrific live streaming section, reported by The Sun

The executions were carried out because the Alves sisters were aware of instances involving a drug trafficking group that assumed they knew too much about them, said Jornal de Brasília.

The footage showed them kneeling side by side on a dirt road. They were forced to hold up their hair in a bun. 

Allegedly, the shooter shot one of the sisters two times and subsequently fired another four bullets at the other’s body.

The girls were executed because they knew too much about a drug trafficking gang, image published on May 9, 2019. (GRAS GRÜN/Unsplash)

Amanda Alves was the mother of a three-year-old daughter. Amália Alves left behind a six-month-old son. 

According to the Daily Mail, their killer, identified as Mateus Abreu, was arrested. He was a year younger than the pair he killed. The twins’ murderer had been arrested seven times beforehand for unlawful possession of a gun, theft, and intentional bodily injury between 2020 and 2021.

Brazil has risen to become one of Europe’s leading cocaine suppliers, dramatically altering the country’s role in the trans-Atlantic drug trade at a rate that has astounded anti-narcotics officials.

In March, Reuters reported that Brazilian gangs were emerging as major players in Europe’s cocaine trade worth over 9 billion euros. The country had also become a leading transshipment hub for coke to Europe.

Brazil was reportedly the top place of origin for cocaine caught entering Germany in 2018, with a historic capture of approximately 2.1 tonnes.

The outlet identified the three most influential gangs in Brazil, First Capital Command, Red Command, and Family of the North, all of which were said to be “adept at moving drugs enormous distances to supply Brazilian consumers.”