2 suspects held in shooting of gay youth in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO – The Brazilian army is holding two soldiers in connection with the shooting of a young gay man following Rio de Janeiro's pride parade.
An army statement says one of the suspects acknowledged shooting 19-year-old student Douglas Igor Marques Luiz. The two sergeants were arrested Thursday and will be questioned by police.
The army initially denied any involvement.
Luiz was shot once in the stomach Sunday. He was treated and released by local hospitals.
Advocates fighting discrimination against Brazil's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community called the shooting an example of lingering homophobic attitudes that mar the city's reputation for tolerance.