Bloody Weekend Leaves Several Dead in Rio de Janeiro Favela Communities

Despite an overall drop in crimes, injuries and deaths during police operations are up this year in Rio de Janeiro as Governor Witzel's administration has pushed for more aggressive policing actions.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Alessandra Rodrigues said that her son Lucas Rodrigues, 18, was a quiet boy. They lived in Novo Holanda, in Rio's north zone, where he made money selling water and popcorn to motorists on the highways surrounding the impoverished community.

At his funeral Sunday, she said that he was gunned down in the street by police while on the way to get bread.

Lucas was one of two residents of the Maré Complex that were hit by "balas-perdidas," the "stray bullets" that are a by-product of the constant back and forth between drug traffickers . . .

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