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On Marielle’s Killing, Two Months of Anxious Waiting

Two months have gone by since the dreadful day in March when Marielle Franco, a Rio city councilwoman who crusaded tirelessly against human rights violations, and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were shot dead as they drove through downtown. Two months is not a long time for a complex homicide investigation like this one, but it is a crucial period. As time goes on, evidence is lost, witnesses disappear, and the chance of finding the killers diminishes. The deaths of Marielle and Anderson have frightened many people, especially human rights defenders in the front lines. That fear will remain…

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