The robbery reportedly occurred Saturday, when a vehicle carrying the victim and his business partners was stopped on the road, according to an account in a Brazilian newspaper. The ensuing attack saw the Canadian victim shot twice.
CBC News has confirmed that Dean Tiessen, a businessman from Leamington, Ont., is the victim.
Tiessen, who was the president of the Leamington-based New Energy Farms, was in Brazil for a business trip.
The news of his death shocked those who knew him back home.
Vic Winter, the pastor of the Leamington United Mennonite Church, told his congregation about Tiessen’s death on Sunday.
The church is now planning a memorial service for Tiessen.