It has been a month since the murder of Marielle Franco, a black Brazilian activist who fought her way out of the slums to become a popular councilor, in a killing which made headlines around the world. The outspoken 38-year-old, who was a critic of police brutality, an advocate for minorities and the posterchild of a new type of politics, was shot dead on March 14 in an assassination-style killing with four bullets to the head. A fierce feminist, who was also gay, her murder brought thousands to the streets in mourning. J. Lo Borges still hasn't accepted Franco's death. A lesbian activist from Iraja in Rio's northern suburbs, she found in the councilor a political voice she never imagined existed. A 30-year-old graffiti artist who belongs to the feminist urban artists' network NAMI, she first met Franco last year when a handful of lesbian groups were invited to a meeting at the local municipal council, where they ended up founding Rio de Janeiro's Lesbian Front.
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