Outrage after black politician Marielle Franco shot dead

City council member driver shot to death in downtown Rio

The killing came just weeks after the Brazilian government made a decision to let the military take over all security operations in Rio to control the city's increasing crime rates.

Just a few days ago, Franco had tweeted about an alleged case of police violence: "Another homicide of a young man that could be credited to the police".

When she was elected to the city council, Franco stood out for a bill that would force the city to track statistics on violence against women.

She was shot four times in the head, and three bullets hit Mr Gomes.

In January, 154 Brazilian citizens reportedly became the victim of police brutality in Rio. He did not speculate on who may have been responsible.

"The path of her own fight is what gives us the strength to carry on", said Danielle Ramos, 26, who was attending a rally in Rio de Janeiro in front of the city council building, along with thousands of others.

Another police official said that the killers must have known exactly where she was sitting in a auto that had tinted windows.

Anti-LGBT violence is at an all-time high in Brazil, where more than 40% of all anti-LGBT violence in the world occurs.

Franco's party PSOL (Socialist and Liberty Party) issued a statement stating that the Brazilian society's reaction to the assassination was important and said it will continue to call for new protests until the murder has been solved.

Federal police said in a statement that they were investigating "the origin of the ammunition and the circumstances of the casings found at the scene of the crime". That's true of so many in Rio & Brazil.

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Police violence is a human rights crisis in Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. The poster reads: "I am because we are". Mathews Melo was leaving church. "How many more will have to die for this war to end?" she wrote on her personal Twitter account.

"We must scream out so that all know what is happening in Acari right now".

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. "They come to kill our young!" she said. Today the police walked the streets threatening the residents.

They're known as "the death Battalion".

The governor of the state of Rio, Luiz Fernando Pezao, called Franco a "warrior", and described her killing as an "extreme act of cowardice".

Public figures from across Brazil's political spectrum expressed outrage over her murder.

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

"Those who did this need to be punished", Mr Meirelles said during a radio interview.

Social media lit up with tributes to Franco.

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.

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