José Ribamar Rocha

57 year old José Ribamar Rocha, aka “Gongo Assado”, was shot dead in front of his home in Tibirizinho neighborhood, São Luís County, State of Maranhão, on July 17, 2016. The assailants were hooded and shot him several times before fleeing.

The police believe the crime was committed by a criminal faction that constantly terrorizes the city, because José Ribamar Rocha was the President of Tibirizinho’s Neighborhood Residents’ Association and several community leaders were killed in the past few years in the State of Maranhão for going against the interests of local criminal factions.


If you would like to provide a personal recollection, please email us at:




Nickname:Gongo Assado



Date of Killing:17/07/2016

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Associação de Moradores do Tibirizinho

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights

Sector Detail:Citizens' rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

1This database records an individual's chosen gender identity. If they do not self-identify as male or female they can use the option of recording other/neither or use the term NBGI (non binary gender identity).