A mother in Brazil confessed to stabbing her teenage son to death on Christmas eve, saying she carried out the deadly act because he is gay, according to Fox News, which cites local media reports.
Tatiana Lozano Pereira, 32, and her son, Itaberlly Lozano, 17, returned home after a heated argument. Once there, Pereira ambushed her son and two men she hired to assault him in order to "teach him a lesson."
At some point during the incident, Pereira ordered the men to kill her son as he was on the floor and severely beaten. The men refused so the mother reportedly took it upon herself by taking a kitchen knife and stabbing Lozano, authorities say, according to Fox News.
Pereira told police she removed her son's body from their home with the help of her husband, Lozano's stepfather, bringing it to a cane field where they burned it.
Lozano's charred body was discovered on Jan. 7 and Pereira reportedly admitted to her part in the killing during the first interrogation from police. She named the two men involved in the incident and Pereira's husband was also charged for his involvement in disposing of the boy's body.
Dario Rosa, Lozano's uncle, stated the boy's mother had long rejected him for being gay, Fox News reports.