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Angry protesters in Brazil burn buses over killing

April 19, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Angry residents of a city near Rio de Janeiro have torched four buses to protest the death of a man killed by a bullet on his way to a Good Friday church service.

Protesters in Niteroi blame police for the killing of 21-year old Anderson Santos Silva. They say Silva died while trying to protect his mother and 9-year-old sister from bullets from a gunfight involving police.

Media reports say military police have denied any wrongdoing. They say a stray bullet killed Silva during a clash between police and suspected drug traffickers.

O Globo newspaper is reporting that protesters also set fire to a truck and two cars, along with the four passenger buses.

Silva was buried Saturday.

Police could not be reached for comment.