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Brazilians mourn deaths of six youths in Mesquita

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A relative of Josias Searles, 16, puts flowers on the coffin containing his remains, situated next to the casket containing the remains of Victor Hugo Costa, 17, during a burial ceremony in Olinda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 11, 2012.

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Mourners react during the funeral of six teenagers in Nilopolis, Sept. 11.

Ricardo Moraes / Reuters — The bodies of the six youths aged between 15 and 19, missing since Saturday, were found with signs of torture wrapped in sheets in Mesquita on Monday, according to the police.

According to relatives of the youths, the group, who live in Nilopolis in the Baixada Fluminense region, were in Mesquita for a kite festival and went missing after they decided to visit a waterfall near the Chatuba slum, which is dominated by a drug gang, according to local media.

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Relatives of Patrick Machado, 16, react during his burial ceremony in Olinda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 11.

Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Mourning relatives of Glauber Siqueira, 17, are reflected in the sunglasses of a crying girl during Siqueira's funeral in Nilopolis, Sept. 11.

Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Mourners react during the funeral of six teenagers in Nilopolis, Sept. 11.

Victor R. Caivano / AP

Soldiers arrive in a military truck to help police in the search for gang members suspected in the death of six teenage boys, in Chatuba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 11.