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Brazilian gang left 'please do not steal' note near bodies of a couple killed at a bar in Paraguay

A man wanted for robbery by authorities in Paraguay was executed alongside his girlfriend by a Brazilian gang.

Luis Martínez, 21, was ringing in Anabel Centurión's 22nd birthday when gunmen walked inside the La Choperia bar in the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero, across from Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, on Monday night.

The assailants attacked Martínez and Centurión, who attempted to save her boyfriend from the gunfire, Amambay Police chief Hugo Díaz told Radio Uno 650 AM.

Martínez was shot at least 36 times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Centurión died after arriving at an area hospital. At least two other people who were sitting at a table next to the birthday dinner party of nine were shot. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The gang reportedly left a note near the bodies that read: 'Please do not steal.' 

Luis Martínez was celebrating Anabel Centurión's 22nd birthday on Monday night in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, when at least three gunmen walked into a bar and opened fire, killing the couple. Police say that Centurión hugged the 21-year-old Martínez as the assailants opened fire. The suspects left a note that read, 'Please do not steal ATT: Justiceiros da Fronteira.' The gang (Justices of the Border) happens to be based out of Brazil. It's unknown if Martínez was directly linked to the criminal group

The alleged killers left a handwritten note in Spanish that read, 'Please do not steal, ATT: Justiceiros da Fronteira.' Justiceiros da Fronteira or Justices of the Border is a gang based out of Brazil

'[Martínez] was partaking with his girlfriend Anabel, her sister and other family members …,' Díaz said. 'At the moment of the shooting, Anabel hugs her partner and is shot, which ends her life.'

The assailants left a handwritten note, which was attributed to a gang known as the 'Justiceiros da Fronteira' [Justices of the Border] which happens to be based out of Brazil. 

It's unknown if Martínez was directly linked to the criminal group.

However, the gang reportedly posted a photo of Luis Martínez and Anabel Centurión on a Facebook page hours before the shooting and threatened to take action. It claimed that 'this guy steals (phones). Let's crack and cut his hands everyday (for the robberies).

The shooting took place in the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero, across from the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul

Díaz said that investigators were reviewing security cameras from nearby businesses to determine the identities of the shooters.

Police investigator Aníbal Franco told reporters that the assassination was carried out by 'two or three people who were traveling in a gray car.'

Díaz added that Martínez had been wanted for aggravated robberies allegedly committed in 2018 and 2019. 

 Luis Martínez took a photo of himself along with family and friends who gathered Monday night to celebrate the 22nd birthday of his girlfriend Anabel Centurion (pictured top right wearing a white buttoned shirt)

Before the tragic shooting, Martínez, who also identified himself as Matheus Elefante on Facebook, posted this photo of him and Centurión and wished her well on her special day. 'My love, today you complete another year of life and I thank God for that, just like every day I thank you for putting you in my life, and being able to share life by your side. Happy birthday,' he wrote

The gang reportedly posted a photo of Luis Martínez and Anabel Centurión hours before the shooting and threatened to take action. It claimed that 'this guy steals (phones). Let's crack and cut his hands everyday (for the robberies). Justiciero da Fronteira warning 

Paraguayan couple Luis Martínez and Anabel Centurión were shot dead Monday night while celebrating her birthday at bar 

Hours before the tragic shooting, Martínez, who identified himself as Matheus Elefante on Facebook, posted a photo of him and Centurión and wished her well on her special day. 

'My love, today you complete another year of life and I thank God for that, just like every day I thank you for putting you in my life, and being able to share life by your side. Happy birthday,' he wrote.

'That at the end of this day you feel your heart snuggled and filled with love, affection and lots of joy. I will do everything to make it so, not just today, but every day of our life. Congratulations my love! May God protect us and grant us many years of life. I love you!'

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