Franco came from Brazil's favelas, where a quarter of Rio's population lives in grinding poverty, and made fighting for oppressed peoples and against police brutality her platform when she was elected in 2016. The assailants pulled up in a auto and opened fire at a tinted window behind which Ms. Franco was seated, those reports said.
Before her murder, Franco who was a resident of the Favela da Maré was said to have complained about the rate of violence in the city. Fernanda Chaves, a press officer sitting in the back seat in the back seat survived her injuries, officials said, noting the councilwoman apparently was targeted.
Canineu said that the "climate of near total impunity in Rio de Janeiro needs to end once and for all".
She won the fifth-highest vote count of council members in 2015, defying the odds which were set against her as a black, gay woman.
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Franco's sister, Anielle Franco, told journalists her family is considering leaving Rio out of fear.
Vigils and protests were planned across at least seven major Brazilian cities on Thursday, while members from her Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) carried flowers into Brazil's federal Congress, along with several signs demanding justice.
- Ana c!ara otoni (@anaclaraotoni) March 15, 2018#MarielleFranco was an expert on police violence and on Saturday accused officers of being overly aggressive in searching residents of gang-controlled shanty towns. "How many others will have to die for this war to end?" she wrote.
State and federal law enforcement agencies have announced investigations into the killing of Franco. "Matheus Melo was walking out of church". This week two youths were killed and tossed in a ditch.
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A huge crowd marched to the Rio state assembly to protest the slaying of Marielle Franco, 38, the previous day.
An expert on police violence [Guardian report], Franco was critical of the police and their alleged killings of innocent victims during interactions with drug gangs.
Rio's chief of public security promised a "full investigation", the Guardian reports.
Flowers, pictures and condolence messages are amassing outside the city council offices, paying tribute to a charismatic young woman with a long record of championing social causes in a metropolis plagued by issues of violence, race and poverty. Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles, who is contemplating a bid for the presidency, said the assassination underscores the need of the Rio military operation.
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