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Killed for defending the people of Rio
Marielle Franco was a mother, sports-enthusiast and much-loved partner from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As a black, bisexual woman born in the favela she faced a lifetime of abuse and injustice. Marielle never let this hold her back and she dedicated her life to making Brazil a more fair and equal place.
In 2005, her close friend was killed by a stray bullet in a shootout between police and drug traffickers. From then on, Marielle began using her voice and influence to speak up for the rights of people around her – especially black women, young people, the LGBTI community.
But in March this year, Marielle was killed in a drive-by shooting. She was only 38.
The police investigation into Marielle’s death has been shrouded in secrecy. We believe this was a targeted, carefully planned attack involving state agents and carried out by people with specialist training.
We can’t bring her back, but we can make sure her legacy lives on. Send a message of support to her loved ones and help bring Marielle's killers to justice.
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