French Artist Murdered Outside Paraty in Rio de Janeiro State

Friends suspect the artist was murdered because he was an expatriate, gay, and a practitioner of Candomblé.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The normally quiet neighborhood of Barra Grande, just outside of historic Paraty, in Rio de Janeiro State, was the scene of a brutal murder as the body of expatriate French artist, Cédric Alexandre Vacherie, was discovered on Friday, July 13th. Vacherie had been shot in the head and his house had been set on fire.

His body was discovered by two bricklayers who had been working at the French artist's house. When they arrived for work, they made the shocking discovery.

"I've never seen a dead person shot . . .

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