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Gang Conflicts Suspected in Rocinha

By Zoë Roller, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A series of recent murders in Rocinha, including the shooting of the president of a neighborhood Residents’ Association, have lead police to speculate that the community is suffering from drug gang conflicts. The murder victims were all suspected of involvement with drug trade, and two were known to be close to Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, aka Nem, the accused former chief of trafficking in Rocinha.

According to, a site run by Rio de Janeiro's State Security Secretary to . . .

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