One of the owners of the Brazilian nightclub that burned down this week, killing 235, tried to take his own life while in custody, police said Wednesday.
Elissandro Spohr is one of four arrested in the aftermath of Sunday’s deadly blaze at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil.
The suicide attempt happened while he was interned and under police guard at a hospital, where he is being treated for smoke inhalation, Santa Maria Police Chief Lylian Carus said.
While taking a shower, Spohr removed the shower hose and tied it to a window, but police discovered him before he placed the other end around his neck, Carus said.
“Everything indicates he was going to commit suicide by hanging,” she said. “He’s emotionally destroyed.”
The residents of Santa Maria, in southern Brazil, have also suffered an emotional toll from the tragedy.