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Arrest Made In Connection Of Murder Of Brent Sikkema

The murder case of art dealer Brent Sikkema, which sent ripples in the art world, saw the first arrest made in Brazil.

On Monday, art dealer Brent Sikkema was found dead at his apartment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His body was discovered by his lawyer friend, who visited him after she was unable to contact him. The police declared it a case of murder, given the multiple stab wounds on his chest. Since then, the Brazilian police have launched a manhunt across the country in search of the perpetrator.

Now, the police have made a breakthrough. On Thursday, the police managed to nab a suspect named Alejandro Triana Trevez. He was caught near a gas station in the state of Minas Gerais. In the statement, the cops released their conclusions so far. As per them, the suspect already knew Sikkema. On the night of the murder, he waited outside his apartment waiting for the perfect opportunity; once found, he entered and exited within 15 minutes. He also reportedly stole $3000 from the apartment. Not much is known about Trevez himself, except that he was in Sao Palo before the murder.

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Brent Sikkema was a prominent art dealer in the United States. In a career spanning 50 years, he held an important role in the American – particularly New York – art space. His clientele included high-profile names, including former First Lady Michelle Obama. He was also the founder of the Brent Sikkema Gallery which focused on experimental artworks that dealt with representation and identity. Many in the art world expressed shock and grief over his untimely demise.