Child Playing the Violin at his Teacher’s Funeral

The child pictured, Diego is crying at the funeral of his mentor and teacher, Evandro João da Silva, who was killed in an assault in October of 2009 in Rio De Janerio. Diego’s teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through his kindness and their shared love of music.


Diego was Brazilian, and a member of the group Afro Reggae. Diego’s teacher taught him and several other kids how to play musical instruments, and they would all play to raise donations for sick children.

Unfortunately, Diego died in March of 2010 from complications of leukemia.


  1. Diego, I hope you keep play violin. The music that your teacher taught you is the greatest gift from this world, embrace it, own it, and use it in order to return it to this kind human being.


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