Marielle Franco,38 Human rights activist assassinated March 14, 2018
Marielle Franco,human rights activist and brilliant leader with a huge heart, was at the centre of the movement against police violence in Brazil. She was, for all intents and purposes, a leader of the country’s parallel to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest and mourn her death.
She was a black, queer woman fighting not just against police brutality, but for broader equality and empowerment of women and black people throughout Brazil. Upon leaving an event focused on the empowerment of black women in central Rio , a car pulled up and someone shot her four times in the head.
Her car wasn’t stolen. Her purse wasn’t taken. She was targeted and assassinated.