Stray bullets kill 3 in Rio de Janeiro slum

Protesters shout slogans after the murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

She also repeatedly criticized Rio's police for the repeated killings of innocents in the city's numerous shanty-towns who are often caught in the crossfire as drug gangs and officers engage in firefights in highly populated areas.

A statement issued by OHCHR said that Franco was a well-known defender of human rights, women and people of African descent, who made campaigns against police violence and in favor of the most humble people.

On Saturday, Mayor Marcelo Crivella repeated assurances of better days.

Meanwhile, Prosecutor General Raquel Dodge said she would not hesitate to demand federal authorities take control of the investigation into the murder if local police fail to aggressively pursue the case. Her driver was also killed, while a press secretary in the vehicle suffered cuts but was not seriously hurt.

That was unlikely to console the parents of the boy slain while in his pram during Friday evening's incident in the Alemao favela.

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The clash began when a drug gang opened fire on police from a stolen white Jeep, police said in a statement.

"Are bullets going to solve the situation in our country?" he asked on Globo TV. The problem of violence in Rio is similar to a very complex puzzle for which it is proving that simple solutions are not worth. My son was just one year old. Her driver was also killed and an aide lightly injured in a brazen attack that sparked protests by thousands in Rio and Sao Paulo on Thursday.

The chaos in the favelas continues despite President Michel Temer's decision a month ago to put the army in charge of Rio state's security, supposedly to bring order and resources to a failing police force.

"It is an extremely painstaking task.to win back the feeling of security that the Brazilian people want", he said.

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