'A child is killed daily': saving lives in Brazil's deadliest city for adolescents

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A growing movement is demanding action to curb the soaring murder rate among young people in Fortaleza

Janio Heinrich used to promote peace on the streets of Grande Bom Jardim before he was shot dead two months ago. Now his face stares out from a large mural on a dusty street, a tribute to the 18-year-old whose crime was to enter the turf of a gang that does not dominate his area.

Residents are used to seeing memorials to their young people in this low-income part of Fortaleza; reaching adulthood here means surviving one of the deadliest districts of Brazil’s most murderous city for young people.

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