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Luiz Antônio da Costa, freelance
23 July 2003

Freelance photographer Luiz Antônio da Costa was shot on 23 July as he was taking pictures for the weekly Época about the occupation of land belonging to a Volkswagen plant in São Bernardo do Campo (São Paulo state) by members of a movement of people who are homeless. He died as he was being rushed to hospital. The gunman headed towards the installations of the homeless as he left the scene of the murder.

On 30 July, police arrested two suspects, Alexandre Sivério Sinza and Renato dos Santos Lira, who allegedly took part in the hold-up of a petrol station near the homeless complex Da Costa was photographing at the moment of his death. One of them, Dos Santos Lira, reportedly admitted shooting Da Costa because he thought Da Costa photographed them as they carried out the hold-up. The other detainee was seriously injured at the time of his arrest and is in a coma. A third gang member suspected in the killing is still on the run.