Brazilian city council member found shot to death in Rio state

By AFP

A military police patrol found Wendel Coelho's bullet-riddled body in his car in the town of Japeri, where the 26-year-old was a member of the municipal council for the leftist Workers Party.

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A council member from a city in Rio de Janeiro state was found shot to death Sunday, authorities said.
 
A military police patrol found Wendel Coelho's bullet-riddled body in his car in the town of Japeri, where the 26-year-old was a member of the municipal council for the leftist Workers Party.
 
Police have launched a homicide investigation.
 
The killing came shortly after the one-year anniversary of the high-profile murder of Rio de Janeiro city council member Marielle Franco, a rising star in leftist politics.
 
Franco, a gay black woman who had denounced police abuses, was shot to death along with her driver in central Rio on March 14, 2018 in a brazen attack that shocked Brazilians.
 
Two days before the anniversary of Franco's death, authorities arrested two former police officers accused of carrying out the killing.
 
Investigators have not specified a motive for that killing or said whether it was ordered by someone else.