Yuri Lourenco da Silva, the 19-year-old son of a famous Brazilian funk singer, has been shot dead during a police raid. He died in the City of God slum, reports from Rio de Janeiro confirm.
A police statement says Silva, the son of Brazil’s popular musician Tati Quebra Barraco, was one of the two males who died during the police operation on Sunday.
The singer blamed police for her son’s death.
“They [police] had taken away a piece of me that will never be replaced,” she wrote in a Twitter post, according to a report from AFP.
Silva’s death comes after a long week of increased violence around slums in Brazil.
Recently, a police helicopter crashed an anti-drug operation, killing four officers.
The City of God was made famous by the award-winning movie of the same name. It was one of the first slums where the Rio state government installed police “pacification” units in 2008.
Tati is considered Brazil’s first lady of hip hop as the first woman to break the barrier of male-only funkers.
The 36-year-old female rapper is known by her slogan: “I’m ugly, but I’m trendy.”
Tati, a mother-of-three, is popularly known by her stage name “Tati Shack-Wrecker”.
She still lives in the “favela” which translates to “a slum in Brazil within urban areas”, reports confirm.