Radio reporter shot to death in Brazil

By Maira Magro

Radio sports reporter Clóvis Silva Aguiar, 48 years old, was murdered Thursday night, June 24, in the city of Imperatriz, in the western part of Maranhão in Brazil, reported the newspaper Jornal Pequeno. He was in the door of his mother's house when two men on a motorcycle drove by and shot at him three times, the newspaper said.

Aguiar worked on the program "Open Space," of TV Capital, part of Rede TV, in Imperatriz. For more than 10 years he worked as a sports reporter, and during the 1990s he covered amateur soccer in the region.

According to Jornal Pequeno, he had been the victim of a murder attempt five years ago. Police are working with the assumption that the crime was a murder for hire, and police have a suspect in custody, according to the newspaper.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.