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Rio police: Witness linked 2 arrested to councilwoman murder

July 24, 2018

FILE - This April 14, 2018 file photo shows an image of slain councilwoman Marielle Franco projected on a wall, where people gather to protest at the site where Franco and her driver Anderson Pedro Gomes were killed, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A Rio police detective said Tuesday, July 24, 2018, a witness has linked two people arrested in a double homicide to the murder of the activist city councilwoman whose death shocked Brazil. Franco and her driver were shot dead in March. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro police detective says a witness has linked two people arrested in a double homicide to the murder of an activist city councilwoman whose death shocked Brazil.

Marielle Franco and her driver were shot dead in March. Franco was known for outspokenness against police violence.

Police arrested a former military police officer and a former firefighter on Tuesday in another double homicide.

Detective Willians Batista tells reporters that the same witness whose testimony led to the arrests told police the two men were also involved in Franco’s murder. The witness said a third man who was already in police custody was also involved. Police say they’re investigating.

A lawyer for Franco’s family says he has seen nothing so far that indicates they were involved in Franco’s death.

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