Brazilian councilwoman and rights activist gunned down in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil Rio de Janeiro,Councilwoman Marielle Franco was killed on Wednesday night in the center of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco was shot multiple times in the head when a auto pulled up alongside hers and at least two people opened fire on Wednesday night.

Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco had little following outside her native city, and no known enemies, according to her family and party.

Franco was shot several times as bullets sprayed her vehicle as it drove through Rio de Janeiro's unsafe north side. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also killed, and an aide was injured.

Ms. Franco grew up in Maré, a district in northern Rio de Janeiro that is among the largest in the city's constellation of favelas, largely impoverished districts that were initially settled by squatters.

"I was very happy because it was a reply, through the polls, to the people who want to keep us black women from the favelas away from the debates", she said at the time.

Just a day before her death, Franco blamed police for the killing of a young man in a favela.

Police violence is a human rights crisis in Brazil and Rio de Janeiro.

In the months before the 2016 city council elections in Baixada Fluminense, a hardscrabble region the size of Denmark that surrounds Rio, at least 13 politicians or candidates were murdered before ballots were cast. Franco, part of a commission to oversee the military intervention, harshly criticised the move on Sunday, saying it could worsen police violence against residents. Perhaps. In her first political campaign, Franco won 46,000 votes, more than all but four of Rio's 51 city legislators. She was known as an outspoken critic of police officers accused of using aggression in the city's favelas, or slums, where she served as a longtime social worker amid gang violence. "How many more will have to die for this war to end?" she tweeted.

Smoking tied to higher risk of hearing loss
Matthew Myers , president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, warned of the dangers of taking it too slow. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the change in a statement .

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Gets A New Teaser Trailer
USA Today has revealed that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to be released into theatres on November 16. In it, we see a motivated young Newt trudging forward while Dumbledore seemingly stands guard behind him.

Counter-terrorism police called in as Russian exile found dead in London
Mr Glushkov gave evidence in the high profile court battle between Berezovsky and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2011. Glushkov was an associate of Boris Berezovsky , a Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic who died in London in 2013.

The governor of the state of Rio, Luiz Fernando Pezao, called Franco a "warrior", and described her killing as an "extreme act of cowardice". Mathews Melo was leaving church. This week two youths were killed and tossed in a ditch.

One investigator in the police force said the major reason for for her assassination seems to be her calling out police for allegedly killing innocents in their constant battles with drug gangs. Otoni believes that Franco's death coincides with her participating in a recent protest.

"This a chilling development and is yet another example of the dangers that human rights defenders face in Brazil", Jurema Werneck, Amnesty International's Brazil director, said.

The military intervention has sparked widespread concern, including from the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, who said soldiers "are not specialized in public security or investigation".

Franco was a beacon of hope of the people of Rio, which is plagued by a plethora of issues including poverty.

Rio's head of public security, Richard Nunes, assured a "full investigation" into the murder.

"The climate of near total impunity in Rio de Janeiro needs to end once and for all", Canineu said.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Michael Crabtree Signs With Baltimore Ravens
Mar 17, 2018 - 01:42
Ravens assistant head coach and tight ends coach Greg Roman was Crabtree's offensive coordinator with the 49ers from 2011-14. Crabtree, 30, has made 579 catches for 6,870 yards and 51 touchdowns in nine National Football League seasons.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Plastic microfibres found in most bottled waters
Mar 16, 2018 - 02:08
Mason said there is plastic pollution in all components of our environment, including the air, bodies of water, fish and sediment. The WHO is set to assess this latest research and launch a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle Was Reportedly Kidnapped As Part Of Her Royal Training
Mar 16, 2018 - 02:01
As the document is a formal permission from the Queen , it must adopt the correct birth names of both Meghan and Harry. While preparations are already being made, Queen Elizabeth finally gave her formal seal of approval.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Family heartbroken by death of dog in jet's overhead bin
Mar 16, 2018 - 01:59
The airline was responsible for 18 out of 24 such incidents while Delta and American Airlines only reported two such deaths each. It reads: "This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung Officially Launches Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ In Malaysia
Mar 16, 2018 - 01:57
Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the US and one of America's fastest growing home appliance brands. About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tiger Woods makes strong start at PGA event at Bay Hill
Mar 16, 2018 - 01:57
Woods looks to be going from strength to strength with this touch of finesse on the 7th hole at the Arnold Palmer Invitational . Tiger Woods liked his putt on the 15.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kentucky State Police search for suspect in Pikeville Police officer's killing
Mar 16, 2018 - 01:56
Kentucky State Police have a fifth man in custody in connection with the killing of a police officer this week. That's when Martin heard a gunshot and returned to find Hamilton with a fatal gunshot wound, police said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Shadow of the Tomb Raider Officially Revealed With Teaser Trailer
Mar 16, 2018 - 01:55
Lara's Journey - Lara uncovers an ancient mystery that places her in the cross-hairs of a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Those involved in the development of the " Tomb Raider " reboot were very much aware of this problem from the outset, though.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kawhi Leonard will not play against Pelicans, return still up in air
Mar 15, 2018 - 06:01
There are now eight teams vying for six spots with the No. 3 seed and the No. 10 seed only separated by four games. After losing last night, the Spurs are now 10th in the Western Conference.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top David Silva double takes Man City one step closer to title
Mar 15, 2018 - 06:00
We tried to press at the start of the game but their first goal really killed us - it's not easy playing against Manchester City . At the beginning it was okay but it's a long time without training - you can not play good.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Broadcom withdraws Qualcomm offer after Trump rejects deal
Mar 15, 2018 - 05:56
Bringing Broadcom and Qualcomm together would have been the technology industry's largest ever deal. CFIUS noted that a Broadcom-Qualcomm merger could weaken Qualcomm's leadership in the field.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Case Keenum Intends To Sign With Broncos In Free Agency
Mar 15, 2018 - 05:48
Denver also has the No. 5 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft but should be off the board for taking an early QB. Former Broncos coach and current front office consultant Gary Kubiak coached Keenum when he was with the Texans .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Abbas Cuts Short Visit to Jordan Amid Attack on Palestinian Official
Mar 14, 2018 - 06:31
Hamas condemned the explosion, calling it a crime and an attempt to "hurt efforts to achieve unity and reconciliation". Hamdallah said the blast would not disrupt attempts to reconcile with Hamas .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Matt Damon, Ben Affleck to support inclusion rider
Mar 14, 2018 - 06:30
If you haven't yet read our explainer from the day after the Oscars about what an inclusion rider is, here's the cliff notes . Smith, the director of USC Annenberg's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, for her "guidance and inspiration".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Craig Mack Cause of Death: How Did the Rapper Die?
Mar 14, 2018 - 06:27
Craig Mack , who found fame as a rapper with Diddy's Bad Boy Records in the 1990s, has passed away at the age of 46 . Mack's " Flava In Ya Ear " received a Grammy Award nomination for best rap song but lost to Queen Latifah.