Franco, an activist for human rights and women's causes, was killed along with her driver on Rio's unsafe north side around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
Franco was born and raised in a network of favelas, or slums, called Mare, one of the city's most violent areas.
"Matheus Melo was leaving the church". "The issue is different, more diffuse, with a lot of division within the political left and across the spectrum overall", she told The Rio Times. As a young, black, lesbian female activist who grew up in the slums of Rio, she championed the underrepresented and was loved by other activists.
The governor of the state of Rio, Luiz Fernando Pezao, called Franco a "warrior", and described her killing as an "extreme act of cowardice".
The killing comes just weeks after the federal government decreed that Brazil's Army would take over all security operations through the end of the year in Rio, where murders have spiked in recent years. Franco had been a vocal critic of the city's police.
"This a chilling development and is yet another example of the dangers that human rights defenders face in Brazil".
An investigator with the city's police force went further, saying the prime motive appeared to be Franco's calling out police for allegedly killing innocents in their constant battles with drug gangs.
"Marielle was an outspoken and courageous advocate for victims of police abuse and a tireless defender of the rights of women and Afro-Brazilians", said Maria Laura Canineu, Brazil director at Human Rights Watch.
"Brazilian authorities need to respond decisively by identifying those responsible for the killing of Marielle and Anderson, and bringing them to justice", Canineu added. The 41st Military Police Battalion of Rio de Janeiro is terrorizing and violating Acari residents. Nationwide protests have been scheduled for the next couple of days.
Many people wore black and chanted slogans against the police, such as: "Enough killing".
For Julia Michaels, an American expatriate living in Rio, the comparison with the recent movement in the USA is inaccurate and a strong nationwide campaign against corruption and human rights violations is not likely. Commenting on the death of a youth, she said: "One more homicide of a young man that may be put towards the police count. They remove corpses from crime scenes and deliver them to hospitals, claiming they were trying to "rescue" them", said a report from the organization. That's one reason why headline politicians knew to keep their distance from the streets this week, where young protestors took the lead in turning a eulogy into a revolt.