Hevelyn da Sant'Anna Rosa [Photo: Courtesy]

A teenage single mum has died after she was shot in the head as she cradled her young son. Police are hunting for the ex-partner of Hevelyn da Sant'Anna Rosa following her callous murder in Campo Grande, Brazil, on November.

Hevelyn's heartbroken family claim Alexandre Soares gunned down the 17-year-old because she refused to go back to him after she ended their three-year relationship. She is claimed to have left Soares earlier this year after she suffered domestic violence.

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Police have named him as the prime suspect and have launched a hunt to find him. Hevelyn's devastated dad Helton da Sant'Anna Rosa, said Soares was responsible for his daughter's death and after she ended things he had sent threatening message to his daughter's phone.

Speaking to local media he said his family were too scared to report his domestic violence and threats to the authorities because they believed he was a gang member. "My daughter was shot in the forehead by a villain who did not accept their separation," he said.

"She was murdered in a cowardly way. She never wanted to be with him, he's one of those possessive people. He just wanted her for him. He constantly threatened my daughter. I even spoke to him once to stop him doing that. In the last few days, he kept changing his address, his mobile phone number, he must have already been planning something."

According to the heartbroken parent Soares came to the family home in a car and phoned Hevelyn who went outside to see him. He said: "She went carrying my grandson. It didn't take long and there was a gunshot. My son went out and found her already on the ground. He shot my daughter in the head. My daughter was murdered with my grandson in her arms. He ran away and left the car there with the door open. I know justice will be served."

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Hevelyn was rushed to hospital where she pronounced dead. Her burial took place two days in Campo Grande.