Shot dead wearing his pyjamas: Family anguish as anti-Maduro protest leader is gunned down outside home by Venezuelan police officer who was ‘just obeying orders’

Friday, February 8, 2019
By Paul Martin

Footage of Johnny Godoy waving the Venezuela flag, shouting anti-government slogans and cursing President Maduro became an internet sensation
Two days later Mr Godoy was shot dead outside his home in Caracas by a police officer
He had just finished his breakfast and he was barefoot and not wearing a shirt
His mother said police had come to the neighbourhood and were showing people Mr Godoy’s photo
Officers beat him up and shot him in the stomach when he struggled to get away, it is claimed
One policeman told his mother they had been ‘following orders’, when she asked why they had killed her son

8 February 2019

The family of an anti-government protester have told of their grief and fear after he was shot dead by a police officer who was ‘just obeying orders’.

Johnny Godoy, 29, was gunned down outside his home in a poor Caracas district, two days after he helped organize a march calling for Venezuela’s hated socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro to quit.

Now his cousin Marbelis Paredes has told how his family has been devastated by his violent death and how his loved-ones fear further retribution from government security forces.

‘Everyone in the family is hurt and in pain,’ Marbelis, 26, told MailOnline. ‘We are devastated.

‘We had a family reunion in December, the first time we had all got together for 14 years, and it was Johnny who organized it. He was at the centre of the family.

‘He was kind and charismatic. He was always looking out for people.

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