Phillips, 57, and Pereira, 41, were shot while returning from an expedition to the Javari Valley, a remote area of rainforest.
Pereira’s funeral is scheduled for Friday in Recife, while Phillips’ family will hold a wake and cremation Sunday in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro.
Alessandra Sampaio, Phillips’ widow, posted a photo of her holding her wedding ring, which police found next to her body.
Also on Thursday, a fourth suspect went to a police station in Sao Paulo, telling officers he was driving the boat chasing the two men, according to excerpts of his statement published by several Brazilian media.
Gabriel Dantas, 26, says the first suspect arrested, Amarildo Oliveira, asked him to drive a boat without knowing where they were going or the reason for the trip.
When they reached the boat carrying Phillips and Pereira, Oliveira “shot them with a 16-gauge shotgun,” Dantas said.
After witnessing the murder of the two men, he then allegedly helped transport their bodies to where they were buried, with the help of other men.
On Monday, federal police said they identified five other people who took part in the cover-up of the bodies, while three suspects were arrested.
Phillips, the author of dozens of articles on the Amazon and a longtime contributor to The Guardian newspaper and other major news outlets, was traveling to the Javari Valley as part of research for a book coming.
Pereira served as his guide and had previously traveled with him in 2018 to the region, which is plagued by drug trafficking, illegal gold mining and fishing.
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