Léo Veras Bio – Wiki
Léo Veras lived in the Paraguayan town of Pedro Juan Caballero and ran a local news website. He was gunned down in his home on Paraguay’s border as he ate dinner with his wife, father-in-law and young child, prosecutors said Thursday.
Veras had recently been receiving threats for his investigative work into smuggling at the border, according to a statement from the journalists’ union in Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state.
Wife & Children
His wife’s name is Amarilla. They have one child.
Léo Veras Gunned Down in His Home
A Brazilian journalist was gunned down in his home on Paraguay’s border as he ate dinner with his wife, father-in-law and young child, prosecutors said Thursday. He was the news website’s employee, Brazilian journalist.
Veras’ father-in-law saw two armed men step out of a truck that parked on the corner, approach the area where the family was eating and begin firing on Wednesday, Paraguayan prosecutor Marco Amarilla told radio station Universo 970. Veras tried to flee and received 12 gunshots from behind. The last shot was in the head.
Veras’ wife said that he had been withdrawn and stressed lately, Amarilla added.
The porousness of the border between Paraguay and Brazil has been key for bringing contraband cigarettes, pesticides and drugs into the latter country. Pedro Juan Caballero is also the site of a jail from which at least 75 prisoners escaped in January, most with ties to a major Brazilian drug gang, the First Capital Command.
Leo Veras Was Ran A News Outlet Pora News
Leo Veras, who ran the Portuguese-language news outlet Pora News, was eating dinner with his wife when two men entered his house and opened fire, Paraguayan prosecutor Marco Amarilla told a local radio station. Leras was known for his journalism on organized crime in the border region between Brazil and Paraguay. A journalists’ union in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul confirmed that Leras had received death threats ahead of his killing.
Many Brazilian criminal organizations operate in Paraguay, which is one of the largest producers of marijuana in Latin America. Most of it is smuggled to neighboring countries Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.
In January, there was a mass breakout from a Paraguayan jail near the border, with most of those who escaped thought to be members of the Brazilian crime cartel Primer Comando da Capital (PCC).