Journalists Killed  |  Brazil

Mafaldo Bezerra Goes

FM Rio Jaguaribe

February 22, 2013, in Jaguaribe, Brazil

Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot Goes as he walked from his house to the radio station where he worked, according to news reports. Goes, who hosted a radio show on FM Rio Jaguaribe in the city of Jaguaribe, in the northern state of Ceará, was shot at least five times in the head and abdomen, the reports said.

Goes had often denounced local criminal groups and drug traffickers on his program, according to news reports. Family members told the local media that Goes had received death threats, according to news reports. The police said the reporter had not filed a formal complaint.

Authorities said they believed the murder could be related to Goes' reporting on crime. "He died because of his profession. He made a lot of people angry," said Police Chief Vera Lúcia Passos Granja in local reports.

Police said on Sunday that they had identified the gunmen and that they suspected the murder had been ordered by a drug dealer imprisoned in the city of Fortaleza but who operated in Jaguaribe, according to the newspaper Diário do Nordeste. Authorities said they were looking for the suspects, local reports said. A week after the crime, police officials said they were seeking preventative detention for the two suspects but did not provide more details.

Medium: Radio

Job: Broadcast Reporter

Beats Covered: Crime

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Criminal Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes

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