Oliver Stephens, Law Clerk Comments:

Reports confirmed yesterday that Brazilian surfer Ricardo Dos Santos died after being shot three times in the stomach and chest outside his beachside home at Praia da Guarda do Embau earlier this week.

Following the shooting, Dos Santos was flown to St Regis Regional Hospital in Santa Catarina, Brazil. However despite reports of three attempts at surgery and being placed into an induced coma, hospital medical staff were unable to revive Dos Santos.

It is still unclear as to what provoked the shooting. Brazilian media outlets have confirmed that the assailants were a 25-year old off duty police officer and his 17-year old brother. Both men have been arrested over the shooting.

Dos Santos is well known in surfing communities for his upset win in the 2012 Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials, beating Kelly Slater in the main event.

You can read the full story here: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/professional-surfer-ricardo-dos-santos-shot-dead-in-brazil-20150120-12ukax.html

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Oliver Stephens,
Law Clerk