Police Suspected of Invading Hospital to Retrieve Bullet That Killed Ágatha Félix

The medical staff refused to hand it over, according to Veja magazine

Anna Virginia Balloussier Ana Luiza Albuquerque
Rio de Janeiro

The Rio de Janeiro state government will investigate a report that military police raided the hospital where the girl Agatha Vitória Félix, 8, was interned to find the bullet that eventually killed her.

The medical staff refused to hand it over, according to Veja magazine.

Rio de Janeiro's Governor Wilson Witzel (C) gestures during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 23, 2019, after eight-year-old Agatha Sales Felix died during a police operation at the Alemao complex slum. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP) - AFP


Shortly after Veja reported this on Thursday, State Governor Wilson Witzel declared that "everything will be rigorously determined."

"About the information that military police officers had tried to catch the bullet that hit the girl Agatha, my position is firm: everything will be accurately ascertained. The facts, if proven, are inadmissible. The culprits will be punished," Witzel wrote on social media.

Agatha, 8, was on a bus with her mother in the Alemão favela (north of Rio de Janeiro), when a rifle projectile hit her and killed her. Family and witnesses say the shooting came from one of the police officers that was in the vicinity; Police said they fired after being shot by alleged perpetrators.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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