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Second journalist in two days shot to death in southern Brazil



A Brazilian journalist was shot in the chest while driving to his job at a radio station in Foz de Iguazú, in the state of Paraná, on the morning of Monday, March 26, reported the news site Gazeta Online.

Divino Aparecido Carvalho, know as Carvalho Júnior, was driving to Rádio Cultura AM to host the program "Show da Cultura" when he was blocked by two vehicles, and approached by an armed man who shot him, reported the news site CGN. Carvalho managed to continue driving several feet, and then was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The police provided no details on the investigation and the motive behind the killing is still unknown. However, according to an agent in charge of the case, the criminals did not take the victim's belongings, which discards the hypothesis of an armed robbery, according to the newspaper Estado de Minas.

The journalist was the artistic director of radio stations Rádio Cultura AM, Rádio Ingamar, and Rádio Nova AM, and was well known in the region. Family members and friends from work say that the radio host had no enemies, reported the news site Banda B.

Carvalho is the second journalist killed in Paraná in less than two days. On the night of Saturday, March 24, the co-owner of the newspaper Costa Oeste, Onei de Moura, was shot to death in Santa Helena, a city about 62 miles from Foz de Iguazú. According to the news site Folha.com, the reason for the crime was due to a money dispute between the newspaper owner and a farmer in the region, who turned himself into police on Monday, March 26.



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