City council member, driver shot to death in downtown Rio

16 March, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Franco a 38 year-old black politician from one of Rio's poorest and most violent communities killed late on March 14 in a shooting

According to local authorities, the shots came from another auto, which hit Franco's vehicle from behind.

Two police officials told The Associated Press that two men in a auto fired nine shots into the vehicle carrying the 38-year-old Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes.

According to reports, Franco was leaving her event Wednesday evening when a auto pulled up alongside her and fired nine shots into her vehicle. A press officer who worked for Franco who was sitting in the back seat was injured. Police say her vehicle may have been tailed several miles before the killer fired, killing Franco and her driver, leaving an aide wounded, then disappearing. Violence is particularly intense in Rio de Janeiro, where criminals frequently clash with police forces, causing the shutdown of major motorways and disrupting the local economy.

User Ana Clara Otoni took the time to celebrate Franco's activism.

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Outside the scene where Marielle Franco was found dead in Rio on March 15.

As a young, black, favela-bred lesbian woman activist, she championed several underrepresented demographics in Brazil's institutional politics and was beloved by activists across the country.

She has also criticized President Michel Temer for calling in army troops to boost security in Rio amid violence that has been on the rise since the city hosted the Olympic Games in 2016.

As a resident of the Mare slum, Franco knew firsthand of the struggles of being poor.

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In 2006 she became an assistant to Rio state deputy Marcelo Freixo, from the PSOL, who headed a trailblazing committee looking into the activity of shadowy - and much feared - militia groups that run mafia-like rackets in favelas. "They come to kill our young!" she said.

#MarielleFranco was part of a vocal young generation of Black Brazilians.

Marielle was always engaged in humans rights.

Franco was elected with the leftist Socialist and Freedom Party in 2016 as the fifth-most voted councilor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second-largest city with a population of more than six million. "Matheus Melo was leaving the church".

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In addition to her legacy of activism and tireless advocacy for Brazil's most vulnerable communities, Franco leaves behind a teenage daughter.

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