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Colombia may have signed a peace deal, but activists keep getting killed

BOGOTA, Colombia - The killers found Hugo Albeiro George Perez sitting and chatting at a fruit juice stand. It was May 2, and he had been protesting against construction of a massive hydroelectric project in northern Colombia.

George, 48, was fatally shot in the back, according to his widow, Carmen. His nephew, Dilmar Zapata, was also killed.

"Hugo talked a lot to the news media and became a target," Carmen George said in an interview in Medellin, about 100 miles south of where the killing happened, in the hilly river town of Puerto Valdivia.

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