Wesley Pessano Santarem was killed last Wednesday in a shocking shooting in the Brazilian city of Sao Pedro da Aldeia. The 19-year-old crypto trader was blasted with several gunshots while driving his red Porsche Boxster. Gunmen attacked the Bitcoin investor in broad daylight, leaving his bloodied body inside the luxury car.
Video footage of the aftermath was posted on Twitter. In the video, Santarem’s body lay motionless in his Porsche as bystanders and police gathered around. The body was covered in blood and multiple bullet wounds could be seen in his neck and head. The gruesome footage has been viewed thousands of times.
According to reports, Wesley Pessano Santarem was on his way to get a haircut with his friend when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle. The crypto trader was injured during the shooting and was taken to a nearby hospital in Cabo Frio. Police have not revealed the passenger’s name, though he is expected to recover.
Wesley Pessano Santarem was pronounced dead at the scene. The Bitcoin trader sustained four bullets, including one to the head, authorities said. The victim lived in the nearby city of Cabo Frio and was driving to his barber when the ambush took the place. The gruesome attack occurred in broad daylight in front of bystanders. Witnesses claimed the shooters were driving a silver Volkswagen Voyage, though police have not made any arrests.
Investigators are still trying to determine a motive in the shooting. As of Monday, no suspects have been identified. Reports speculate that the incident was a case of mistaken identity, though authorities think Wesley Pessano Santarem’s Instagram and wealth could have played a major role in the attack.
Santarem made a fortune trading Bitcoin and has used his social media platform to flaunt his wealth. The crypto trader, who goes by Wesley Pessano or _pessano on Instagram, has more than 133,000 followers. He often posts pictures of himself investing in cryptocurrency with tips or lifestyle advice attached. Other posts show Wesley Pessano Santarem flaunting the luxuries he has purchased with his crypto wealth.
In his last post before he died, Santarem sat on to his red Porsche Boxster while he flipped through a large stack of cash. In the background was a beautiful beach leading out into the ocean. Many people believe that his Instagram posts could have led to his eventual assassination.
Some reports have pointed out the increased gang activity in which members target affluent “Insta-braggers,” who use social media to show off their wealth and luxurious lifestyle. Gangs often target Bitcoin traders who flaunt their wealth, sometimes out of jealousy and others in an attempt to score “loot.” There was no attempted robbery reported after last week’s attack, and the gunmen fled immediately after the shooting.
Wesley Pessano Santarem was just 19-years-old when he made a majority of his immense wealth. He shared tips on crypto trading on his YouTube channel with his 15,600 subscribers. He recorded videos explaining how to profit from cryptocurrency and taught his followers the ins and outs of day trading. On Instagram, Santarem also shared pictures of his gym body. He posed during and after workouts and was proud of his physique.
Instagram influencers are commonly targeted by criminals. Oversharing on the platform can allow criminals easy access to pertinent information. Criminals can find out the target’s whereabout, pick out loot, and discover entry points into their homes. Authorities warned social media users to be cautious about what they post online.