French film-maker who covered Mara gangs killed in El Salvador

Christian Poveda, a French film-maker who wrote a documentary about gangs in El Salvador, was shot dead at Tonacatepeque, near San Salvador, Sept. 2. Police say Poveda was driving back from filming in La Campanera, an poor outlying district that is a stronghold of the Mara 18 gang, when he was apparently ambushed. His latest film, La Vida Loca, focused on the hopeless and brutal lives of fantastically tattooed members of Mara 18. (London Times, AlJazeera, Sept. 3)

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