Funeral organized for two girls, 4 and 7, affected by “stray bullets” in Rio de Janeiro | World news

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A funeral has been held for two girls hit by stray bullets in Brazil – whose families fear they will be killed by military police.

Emily dos Santos, four, and her cousin Rebeca dos Santos, seven, were gunned down Friday night while playing outside their homes in Duque De Caxias in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area.

Emily was shot in the head, while Rebeca was hit in the abdomen.

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Girls were playing outside their homes
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There were cries of “justice” at the funeral

They are the seventh and eighth children under the age of 12 to die after being hit by stray bullets in the area this year, according to non-governmental organization Fogo Cruzado, or Crossfire.

Emily’s father, who cemented her grave with his own hands, said: “I’m burying my daughter, who didn’t live at all. ”

Cries of “justice” were heard during their funeral at the Nossa Senhora das Graças cemetery in Rio.

Lídia da Silva Moreira Santos, who was Rebeca’s grandmother and Emily’s aunt, said she saw police shoot towards the community where the families live when she arrived home from work around 8 p.m. Friday.

Another relative, Ana Lúcia Alves de Souza, 51, denied that there was an exchange of gunfire with the police.

“How are they prepared so that the police cannot distinguish between an adult and a child?” ” she says.

“There was no exchange of gunfire. Emily was shot in the head. ”

Emily's dad cemented her grave with his own hands
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Emily’s dad cemented her grave with his own hands
Girls & # 39;  graves in Duque De Caxias
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The tombs of the girls in Duque De Caxias

Military police denied firing shots and said an investigation would be carried out.

“A police team from the 15th Police Battalion was on patrol when gunshots were heard and the team continued to move,” they said.

Fourteen other children have also been hit by stray bullets this year – but not fatally, Fogo Cruzado said.

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