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Brazilian city council member found shot to death in Rio state

Brazilian police have launched a homicide investigation. Murder comes almost one year after killing of Marielle Franco.

Tuesday 26 March, 2019
Civil police officers carry a computer and other items confiscated from the home of the suspects in the killing of councilwoman Marielle Franco. The brazen assassination on March 14 last year led to massive protests and widespread anger throughout Brazil
Civil police officers carry a computer and other items confiscated from the home of the suspects in the killing of councilwoman Marielle Franco. The brazen assassination on March 14 last year led to massive protests and widespread anger throughout Brazil Foto:Silvia Izquierdo, AP

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A council member from a city in Rio de Janeiro state was found shot to death Sunday, authorities said.

A military police patrol found Wendel Coelho's bullet-riddled body in his car in the town of Japeri, where the 26-year-old was a member of the municipal council for the leftist Workers; Party (PT). Police have launched a homicide investigation.

The killing came shortly after the one-year anniversary of the high-profile murder of Rio de Janeiro city council member Marielle Franco, a rising star in leftist politics.

Franco, a gay black woman who had denounced police abuses, was shot to death along with her driver in central Rio on March 14, 2018 in a brazen attack that shocked Brazilians.

Two days before the anniversary of Franco's death, authorities arrested two former police officers accused of carrying out the killing.

Investigators have not specified a motive for that killing or said whether it was ordered by someone else.

-TIMES/AFP

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