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Venezuela teen dies after shot near protests

Published:Thursday | April 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A government supporter holds an image of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez, during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, yesterday.


A Venezuelan teenager who was shot in the head near anti-government protests in the capital has died.

Miguel Salomon is president of the Clinicas Caracas hospital. He says the boy died in the operating room as surgeons attempted to save his life.

Venezuela's chief prosecutor said she is investigating the Wednesday shooting incident amid conflicting reports over the cause of death. Some opponents of President Nicol·s Maduro say armed pro-government militias opened gunfire on a crowd of protesters, but top officials say the boy named Carlos Moreno was assaulted while walking home from a soccer game.

There have been five other deaths nationwide tied to protests that began in early April after the Supreme Court gutted the opposition-controlled congress of its last remaining powers.