Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and critic of police brutality, murdered

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Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and critic of police brutality, murdered

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Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco was on her way home Wednesday evening when she and her driver were shot and killed on the road.

The 38-year-old left-leaning politician was an outspoken critic of police brutality, according to The Guardian. That evening, she had participated in a discussion about black women changing the status quo.

Her sudden loss means Afro-Brazilians have lost one of their most prominent defenders in the government. The day before she was killed, Franco criticized the police yet again, this time over the murder of Matheus Melo, a young Afro-Brazilian who was killed leaving church. “How many more will have to die for this war to end?” she asked.

Click here to read the full article published by The Lily on 15 March 2018.

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