Luciano Leitão Pedrosa

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Television and radio journalist Pedrosa was shot at a
restaurant in Vitória de Santo Antão in northeastern Pernambuco state,
according to press reports.

An assailant fired multiple shots after entering the
restaurant at about 9 p.m., the Recife-based daily Diario de Pernambuco
reported. Pedrosa, struck once in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The unidentified gunman fled on a motorcycle driven by another individual who
had been waiting outside, press reports said.

Pedrosa, 46, had hosted a program on TV Vitória, “Ação e
Cidadania” (Action and Citizenship), for seven years, and had reported for the
FM radio station Metropolitana. According to press reports, Pedrosa was known
for his critical coverage of criminals and municipal authorities. 

Police initially told reporters
that the gunman had declared it was a robbery. But in February 2012, police officials
announced they had arrested three suspects and had concluded that the killing
was tied to Pedrosa’s journalism, according to news reports. Investigators said brothers Josemir and Josemar Soares
da Silva had organized the murder in reprisal for
Pedrosa’s reports on
their alleged drug trafficking. Police identified Dailton
Gomes Brasil as the
alleged gunman. A fourth alleged conspirator was himself
murdered later in 2011.

Police said the brothers had threatened Pedrosa,
including once on the journalist’s live television program.