Heley de Abreu Silva Batista


Age: 43

Brazilian schoolteacher who gained notability after she was awarded the National Order of Merit for her heroism in an act of courage to save several children from a fire ignited by a mentally-ill security guard at the Innocent Children's People Municipal Education Centre nursery in southeastern Brazil during the horrific Oct. 5, 2017 arson attack known as the Tragedy of Janauba, killing four children at the scene along with five more children and the assailant himself died after being taken to the hospital and also left 40 others injured as the blaze spread through the daycare center inside a locked classroom where dozens of children between the ages of 3 and 7 were taking park in normal school activities in an attack which has horrified the nation, who had suffered burns to 90 percent of her body as a result of the fire and saved at least 25 children, being considered a heroine.

Cause of Death: Burns sustained in a suspected arson attack

Born: August 12, 1974

Died: October 5, 2017

Janauba, Brazil