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Relatives and friends of professional dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, 25, mourn during his burial in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

Pereira was a member of a dancing group from a popular television show who died on April 21 during a police operation in the Pavao-Pavaozinho slum, Rio de Janeiro.

The death of the dancer led to violent protests in the slum and sparked an investigation into the role that the militarized police might have played in the incident.

A boy cries during the funeral of 25-year-old dancer Douglas Pereira on April 24.Antonio Lacerda / EPA