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Children and Teenager Killed After Another Day of Violence in Rio

02/07/2018 - 11h46

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LUCAS VETTORAZZO
FROM RIO

A 3-year-old child and a teenager of approximately 13 years old were shot dead on Tuesday (6), in different events of violence in Rio.

The first case happened in early morning hours. Criminals approached a couple and their 3-year-old daughter in the district of Anchieta, Northern area of Rio. Their car was hit by at least ten bullets - police still do not know why.

The child was shot and died before arriving at the hospital. The mother, who had a graze wound, left the UPA (Emergency Care Unit) when she learned her daughter had died.

The father was hit in the chest, underwent surgery and his condition is now stable.

The Homicide Unit is investigating the case. The information they have, so far, is that a group of criminals of favela da Pedreira was involved in a series of car thefts in the area.

During the afternoon, a police operation at Maré Complex, also in Northern Rio, resulted in the death of a teenager, after a series of confrontations.

The complex consists of at least 16 favelas, and it has a population of 129,000 people, according to the Census of 2010.

Due to the shootings, three main expressways in Rio were closed in the afternoon. Linha Vermelha, Brasil Avenue and Linha Amarela had to be blocked, resulting in severe traffic jam.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
Policemen take up positions during an operation against drug dealers near the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro
Policemen take up positions during an operation against drug dealers near the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro

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