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Outspoken Brazilian Activist Who Spoke Out Against Police Brutality Assassinated In Drive-By Shooting

By Collin Gossel

Few political stars shone brighter in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, than city councilwoman Marielle Franco. Elected in 2016 by an overwhelming margin, Franco was using her platform to passionately criticize police brutality. Tragically, however, on March 15, 2018, she was the victim of a targeted shooting that took the lives of both her and her driver.

Franco lived an extraordinary life, and it was cut short far too soon.