Benicio was in central Dublin last Thursday when a man with a knife began stabbing a group of children. A woman and three children were injured. The woman and a five-year-old girl were seriously injured. A five-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl were injured less seriously. The suspect was arrested immediately after stabbing himself with a knife.
But it could have been much worse if the Brazilian had not attacked the striker with his motorcycle helmet. “I waved that helmet with all my might,” Benicio told the British newspaper The Guardian.
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She then started several GoFundMe fundraisers for the fast food delivery company, which moved to Ireland just a year ago. One promotion called Buy Caio Benicio a Pint has already raised more than €347,000. More than 32,000 people have donated on this page.
The Brazilian, like the other people who intervened, was called a “hero” by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, but the savior does not want to call himself that: “I am a father, I have two children, and I think all parents would have done the same.” “It’s something you don’t think about, you just do it.”
He has a 12-year-old son and a 19-year-old daughter, and their reaction afterwards was particularly good for him. “It’s nice to make them proud, it’s very nice,” he says.
Another person who intervened, a 17-year-old student from France, received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron to thank him for his heroic action.
On Thursday evening, the situation became more volatile in central Dublin. A large group of rioters, who were, according to the police chief “far-right hooligans,” sought confrontation with police. This came after rumors spread on social media that the perpetrator of the stabbing was of foreign origin. Several buses and other vehicles caught fire and shops were looted.
The police do not want to say anything about the identity of the suspect.
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