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Stray bullet kills Belgian professor in Rio

Published on December 04, 2014

A 56-year-old Belgian professor died Wednesday after being hit by a stray bullet during an argument in Rio's central tourist district of Lapa, police said.

Named as Dominique Boxus, the professor was killed after a man fired from a car on two others embroiled in a row near a bar.

A police spokesman told AFP police had interviewed witnesses to the shooting of Boxus, a professor of literature at Niteroi University on the other side of Guanabara Bay from Rio.

Boxus was hit in the heart and died on the way to hospital.