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An angry Brazilian mob has lynched a Venezuelan immigrant who had been accused of murdering a local man.
Witnesses told the Brazilian military police that Jose Gonzalez, 19, and two other Venezuelan immigrants had been seen stealing from a supermarket on Thursday by Manoel de Sousa, 35, who took justice into his own hands in Boa Vista, Roraima, according to G1.
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A group of Brazilians raced after the trio with de Sousa trailing behind on his bicycle. Once he caught up to them, Gonzalez approached and attacked him.
De Sousa, who worked as a painter and was a friend of the supermarket's owner, was reportedly stabbed in the neck by the Venezuelan immigrant.
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De Sousa was still alive when the villagers came to his aid and was taken to a hospital where he later died.
The angry group revenged the Brazilian local's death by beating Gonzalez and leaving his corpse near his makeshift home in the slum of Jardim Floresta, where scores of tents and tarps supported by wooden sticks are lined up outside a Catholic church.
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Numerous other Venezuelan refugees have been camping out there since arriving in Boa Vista.
According to an unidentified friend of Gonzalez, he had emigrated from the state of Anzoategui a year ago and found employment doing yard work.
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Josmel Bolivar, one of thousands of Venezuelans who've crossed the border into Brazil, told Univision that locals have been terrified by the migrant crisis.
'Brazilians view us right now with a bit of xenophobia,' Bolivar said. 'They're a bit frightened when they see us because of the amount [of people] that have emigrated here from Venezuela.'
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