The Sedar Soares, who was shot dead in 2003, has been brought ‘to life’ using modern techniques. In a deepfake video, commissioned by the police and broadcast tonight on NPO1, the boy can be seen walking across a football field, while his sister’s voice can be heard. She calls on the perpetrator and witnesses to the murder to come forward. “I beg you.”
Sedar Soares was 13 years old when he was shot dead on February 1, 2003 while playing with his friends on the parking deck of metro station Slinge in Rotterdam. Police believe he was the innocent victim of a rip deal.
“Just like that”, his sister Janet’s voice sounds in the images. “Now 19 years later, we still think about him every day. Our family, his friends, the teachers at school, his former classmates and of course his teammates from Transvalia, with whom he loved playing football.”
“After so many years, we all still have so many questions, but no answers. Surely someone must know who killed my dear brother?” Janet asks. “Sedar was brought to life especially for this film. We won’t get him back with it, but hopefully it will provide answers.”
Cold case team: ‘Sedar Soares (13) innocent victim of rip deal’
“Give our family and friends the answers we long for,” Sedar’s sister shouts. “Do you know more, speak now. The ball is now in your court.”
It was long thought that Sedar was shot dead for throwing snowballs at a motorist. The police have come to a different view after a new investigation. The cold case team assumes that the boy was accidentally and innocently the victim of a rip deal.