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Photo Credit: Courtesy Diario 2001

JORGE IBRAIN TORTOZA CRUZ

News Organization: 2001

Died: 2002

Location: VENEZUELA

A photographer for the Caracas daily 2001, he was fatally shot April 11 while covering clashes between opposition demonstrators and government supporters in Caracas. He was carrying his camera and wearing a vest identifying him as press when he was shot in the head. He died two hours after being taken to a hospital. The clashes came on the third day of a nationwide strike leading to a short-lived coup that ousted President Hugo Chávez Frías on April 11. He returned to power on April 14. During the events of April 11, at least 15 people were killed and dozens were injured, including four journalists. No one has been charged with the murder. He was 48.