SAO PAULO, Brazil — A nun from Ohio was shot to death Saturday in northern Brazil, less than a week after she accused loggers and ranchers of threatening to kill rural workers, authorities said.
Dorothy Stang, 74, was shot in the face three times near the town of Anapu, about 1,300 miles north of Sao Paulo in the Amazon region, federal police officer Fernando Raiol said. Two suspects were in custody.
Stang, who had worked in Brazil for more than 30 years, was headed to a meeting with local peasants when her group was attacked, police said.
Stang, of Dayton, Ohio, had lobbied forcefully against efforts by loggers and large landowners to expropriate land and clear big sections of rain forest.