Teenager killed as Venezuelans march against government
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A teenager was shot dead as tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in what’s been dubbed the “mother of all marches” against the embattled socialist.
Carlos Romero, just three days away from celebrating his 18th birthday, was walking home from a soccer game when he bumped into pro-government militias stalking a small pocket of protesters, a close family friend Melvin Sojo, told the Associated Press at the hospital where doctors tried in vain to save the boy’s life.
Sojo, who grew up in the Romero home, said police and two people who rushed his brother to the hospital told him the boy was shot in the head by pro-government groups. Official confirmation of Sojo’s account was not immediately available, and the country’s energy minister said the boy was killed during an attempted assault.
He’s the sixth person killed since protests began three weeks ago.