Brazilian Rights Activist Marielle Franco Assassinated in Rio | News | teleSUR English
Prominent human rights advocate and councilwoman Marielle Franco has been murdered by assailants who shot her in the head while she was in a car.
Prominent Brazilian human rights activist and leftist councilwoman Marielle Franco has been assassinated in Rio de Janeiro, it is being reported.
Part of a generation of young Black Brazilians who are becoming increasingly vocal inside and outside statehouses, Franco was elected to office in 2016.
A resident of the Favela da Maré, an impoverished community in Rio, she was one of the main defenders of human rights in the country.
The day before she was murdered, Marielle complained about the violence in the city in a post on her personal Twitter. In the post, she questioned the action of the Military Police.
Investigators at the Homicide Office told Globo.com that the main line of investigation is execution.