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Samuel Roman, Station Conquista
20 April 2004

Roman, 37, was shot dead by two men on 20 April 2004 in front of his home on an avenue between twin towns Coronel Sapucaia (Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil) and Capitán Bado (Paraguay). Brazilian police who are heading the investigation said they believe four men, riding motor bikes, were involved in the killing.

Two men fired several shots at him as two accomplices waited on the Paraguayan side of the road. The four then fled to Paraguay. Roman apparently tried to flee but was hit in the back by 11 bullets. He was dead on arrival at the local medical centre.

Roman, a Brazilian national, worked for 20 years in local radio in Amambay province in Paraguay. He was very well known in Capitán Bado. According to the Brazilian website campogrande.com, he owned a station there, Conquista. He presented a phone-in programme called "Voice of the People" on which he invited listeners to comment on political life in Coronel Sapucaia. According to the local press he used it to expose drug trafficking and rampant criminality in the region.