The body of hairdresser and Madeira native Ricardo Marques Ferreira who listed Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo as one of his key clients was found in a Zurich hotel room late on Friday night with several stab wounds according to Swiss police.
A Brazilian man was later detained by Swiss police allegedly linked with the crime as the Zurich Forensic Institute have confirmed in a statement: “A 39-year-old Brazilian was arrested by regional police investigators at his place of residence and taken to the relevant prosecutor’s office. The background and motive of the crime are subject to ongoing investigation.”
Ricardo Marques Ferreira was found dead in bed by a cleaner at a hotel in Zurich.
Local reports said several guests had phoned reception hours before the grim discovery to complain about a noise coming from the victim’s room.
The scene the cleaner came across has been described as “horrific”, with reports that the room smelt strongly of alcohol.
The murder weapon was not found at the scene.
The dead man, nicknamed Caju, had been living in Zurich for the past two years and had been staying at the hotel for around a week before he was killed.
Portuguese press reports say Ricardo Marques Ferreira also worked with models and Portuguese actresses including Isabel Angelino, Liliana Campos and Fatima Lopes.
The death of the Madeirense has stunned the extensive Portuguese community in the Swiss city.
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