The number of men involved in the murder is unclear and English media reports as many as six and Brazilian publications such as DiÃ¡rio do Nordeste reporting five.
With the video of the attack circulating online, Police have identified the men involved and DiÃ¡rio do Nordeste reports that four of these men were arrested on March 7. It also reports that a teenager was arrested in connection with the murder on March 5.
Among the young men arrested were three who carried out the attack and one who filmed the attack.
In 2016, one LGBTI identified person was killed every 25 hours in Brazil according to a survey conducted by the Gay Group of Bahia. Of the 343 people killed, 144 were trans people.
The Brazilian government does not officially record hate-crimes against the LGBTI community and the groupâs data is based on news published in the media, on the internet and personal information. The annual survey has been conducted for 37 years.