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Report: Portuguese victim killed, castrated

In this Dec. 1, 2010 photo, Carlos Castro,

In this Dec. 1, 2010 photo, Carlos Castro, right, presents an award during the "Transvestites' Night" show at the Sao Luiz theater in Lisbon, Portugal. The 65-year-old Portuguese television journalist was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel. (Jan. 7, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

A Portuguese journalist who police said was found bludgeoned to death in a Times Square hotel room Friday night had been castrated, according to The Associated Press.

Police responding to a 911 call found the body of Carlos Castro, 65, just after 7 p.m. Friday at the upscale InterContinental Hotel Times Square at West 44th Street. Police said model Renato Seabra was being evaluated at Bellevue Hospital Center in connection with the killing.

Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city's medical examiner's office, said Castro died from blunt impact injuries to his head and neck compression.

Police referred questions about the alleged castration to the medical examiner's office. Borakove said could not confirm or comment on information beyond the cause of death.

Castro arrived in the United States in late December with Seabra, his boyfriend, to see Broadway shows and spend New Year's Eve in Times Square, AP reported, citing a family friend.

Police say Seabra, who they believe to be 20, is a "person of interest" and is receiving a psychiatric evaluation at Bellevue. Police said they didn't know whether Seabra had been questioned.

The Manhattan district attorney's office said Saturday afternoon that no charges against Seabra had been filed.

Luis Pires, the editor of the Portuguese language newspaper Luso-Americano and a friend of Castro's, told the AP that his daughter had gone to visit the couple, but ran into Seabra in the lobby.

"He told my daughter, 'Carlos will never leave the hotel again,' " Pires told AP. He said his daughter alerted a hotel manager, and a security guard opened the door, discovering the body, AP reported.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, police said. They said they could not comment on what object had been used to bludgeon Castro.

Seabra left the hotel and was caught hours later 17 blocks away at Roosevelt Hospital near Lincoln Center, AP reported.

Seabra had been a contestant on the Portuguese modeling reality show "A Procura do Sonho," which means "Pursuit of a Dream."

His professional photographs were online Saturday on the website of the Portuguese modeling agency Face Models.

Castro was a well-known journalist and television personality in Portugal who focused on celebrities and fashion. In an article on his death Saturday, the Portuguese newspaper Publico described him as a social columnist who spent more than half his life as a journalist.

He was born in 1945 in Mocamedes, Angola, which at that time was a Portuguese colony. Early in life he developed an interest in poetry, and when he was 15, he moved to Angola's capital, Luanda. There, he worked as a reporter for newspapers, magazines and radio, Publico reported.

In 1975, he moved to Lisbon, where he made a career as an actor, director and writer.

On his 65th birthday in October, the newspaper quoted him as having said that his life had been "long and happy."

"I am a very positive person, and I don't think I have to complain about anything in my life," Publico quoted him as saying at the time. "I have everything I wanted."

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