This homeless man did something that we never expect any homeless person to do.
He gave his life to save a woman who was being held hostage with a gun to her head. Instead of going on with life in the streets, this 61 year old man in Brazil was faced with a decision which cost him his life.
While others watched, filmed and basically stood by in shock, this homeless man turned out to be the real hero of the day. Without his assistance, this woman may have died. Due to this brave act, he will get a send-off which is far better than how he was treated in his daily life. However, that sort of bad treatment did not seem to keep his sense of duty at bay. When he saw an opportunity to help out a damsel in distress and to take action, he did not hesitate and took shots for it at point blank.
Francisco Erasmo Rodrigues de Lima died moments after being shot twice after tackling the perpetrator at the São Paolo Cathedral, with many witnesses on site and it was all was caught on video. Once he tackled and cornered him, the woman got away but that meant the end of Francisco. His demise was sadly apparent when he slumped down against the door of the building into lifelessness just moments after the attack.
The International Business Times reports, that the gunman, 49-year-old Luiz Antonio da SilvaHe allegedly served 22 years in jail for theft, property damage and inflicting bodily harm. He was shot by the police shortly after the incident which merely wounded him and the police then took him into custody.
Witnesses state that Luiz and the woman were in the church, praying for some time and then he took her hostage. There is some speculation as to whether this was an escalated robbery.
It is certain that without Francisco’s intervention, the woman might be dead herself and so it is appropriate to pay tribute to the man who literally saved her life and tragically lost his own in the process. He will be properly buried and publicly honored for his heroism.