BRAZIL: Murder in the Sun

As a reporter for the newspaper O Momento in the provincial capital of Goiania (pop. 55,430), Haroldo Gurgel, 22, knew that he had made some powerful political enemies. When he left his hotel one morning last week, four gunmen jumped him, dragged him to the city's central square. There, before a crowd of horror-stricken townspeople, they pushed Gurgel against a wall, pistol-whipped him half-unconscious, then pumped twelve bullets into him as he tried to crawl away. Two men who tried to help him were wounded. After that, the murderers calmly pocketed their pistols and strolled away, while the bystanders...

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