Cameraman killed covering drug raid

Gelson Domingos da Silva was shot in the chest covering a police drug raid in one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous shantytowns.

By REUTERS
November 7, 2011 05:30
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cameraman favela_311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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A TV cameraman was killed as he covered a police drug raid in one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous shantytowns.

Forty-six-year-old Gelson Domingos da Silva of Bandeirantes TV was shot in the chest by a member of the heavily armed drug militia in the early Sunday morning.


Though Da Silva was wearing a Brazilian Armed Forces certified bullet-proof vest, gunfire from a submachine gun was able to penetrate the vest and kill him.

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The raid on the Antares favela by Brazilian Special operations Unit is part of a larger effort to reduce drug activity and crime ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

These are the last images he recorded before he was shot. Da Silva leaves behind a wife and three children.

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