ADDED ON: 03/15/2019

Former policemen charged with murdering bisexual Rio congresswoman

03/14/2019 | Washington Blade

Brazilian authorities on Tuesday arrested two former policemen in connection with the murder of bisexual Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco. Investigators say Ronnie Lessa and Élcio Vieira de Queiroz on March 14, 2018, shot Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes, from their car. Lessa, a retired military policeman, allegedly fired 13 shots at the car in which Franco and Gomes were sitting, along with Fernanda Chaves, Franco’s former assistant who survived the shooting. Police say De Queiroz, who is also a former military policeman, was driving the car. There were indications that military militias in Rio were likely behind the killing of Franco, who was outspoken against their conduct in the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. But her murder is far from being solved.


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