Bubacarr Dukureh was killed during a deadly encounter with Brazillian police on Thursday, September 14, in the Latin American country.

The corpse of the Gambian man brutally shot and killed by Brazilian police in the city of São Paulo has been released to his family and friends amid plans to transport his body to the Gambia for burial.

Bubacarr Dukureh was killed during a deadly encounter with Brazilian police on Thursday, September 14, in the Latin American country.

The motive behind his killing is still unknown.

Police in Sao Paulo say’ he was armed,’ a claim vehemently dismissed by his Brazillian wife, family, and friends.

Edrisa Kuyateh, Secretary-General of the Gambian community in Brasil, told TAT,

“We now have access to the dead body and have prepared the deceased certificate; we are communicating with the company to take the corpse home. But, unfortunately, there is no direct flight to the Gambia, only to Senegal. So we will be communicating with the Senegalese consular here in Brazil to help us communicate with authorities if we need a declaration (clearance) at the airport.

We also spoke with the family, especially those in the Diaspora, for financial help since we cannot do it all alone.”

Dukureh’s death has sparked outrage among the Gambian community in Brazil, who called on the Gambia government to engage Brazilian authorities to investigate the shooting, establish the cause of his death, and bring his killers to justice.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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