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He showed me a lawless border town. Then masked gunmen killed him in front of his family.; Leo Veras was a reporter in Ponta PorĂ£, where Brazil's most powerful gangs wage war for control of smuggling routes.

Feb 14, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs

RIO DE JANEIRO - What do you say about a death as horrific as this? What do you say about a man who was murdered by two masked intruders inside his home, in front of his family, while they ate dinner? What do you say, except: His name was Leo, and he was a journalist, and I knew him.

In the parlance of foreign correspondence, Leo Veras, 52, was my fixer. A beat reporter in the lawless border town of Ponta PorĂ£ - where Brazil's most powerful gangs wage war for control of smuggling routes -...