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Brazil police find 5 bodies inside car in Rio de Janeiro slum , 1 was headless

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police have found the bodies of five men inside a car abandoned in one of the slums of Rio de Janeiro. At least one body was decapitated.

Police say in an email that they're investigating what appears to be retribution by one drug gang against members of another gang for the death of a 17-year-old boy in the same area earlier this week.

PHOTO: Residents shout and gesture from the edge of a crime scene as they watch police remove the bodies of five men, one headless, from an abandoned car near the Mangueira slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Some yelled out "You have to die!" and "Well done!" Police at the scene suspected the murder was orchestrated by drug dealers taking revenge for the killing of a boy who was shot while playing soccer Tuesday night in Mangueira. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Residents shout and gesture from the edge of a crime scene as they watch police remove the bodies of five men, one headless, from an abandoned car near the Mangueira slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Some yelled out "You have to die!" and "Well done!" Police at the scene suspected the murder was orchestrated by drug dealers taking revenge for the killing of a boy who was shot while playing soccer Tuesday night in Mangueira. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A message was scribbled on a pizza box left on the car. It read, "A life for a life" and "you killed an innocent."

Thursday's discovery adds to an upsurge of violence in Rio's already turbulent slums.

Gangs are increasingly staging attacks against one another and on police who are trying to create permanent posts in many slums before the 2016 Olympics.

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