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Peter Campsie death: Tributes paid to Scot shot dead in Rio

Peter Campsie
Peter Campsie had worked in Brazil for 16 years

Tributes have been paid to an Angus man who was shot dead by gunmen in Rio de Janeiro.

Peter Campsie, from Montrose, was killed in an attempted carjacking in the Brazilian city as he headed home to his family after a business meeting.

His family said the 48-year-old was "a man who loved life", who brought joy and laughter to all around him.

First Minister Alex Salmond has also paid tribute to the father-of-three, who had worked in Brazil for 16 years.

Mr Campsie, an operations manager for Diamond Offshore Drilling International, lived with his wife Janaina and 10-year-old daughter Joy in the city of Macae, north of Rio.

It is understood he was shot twice and died at the scene of the attack on Wednesday afternoon in the Niteroi municipality.

The keen golfer still has family, including two sons and a brother and sister, in the north east of Scotland.

'Extremely distressing'

In a statement, Mr Campsie's family said: "He was a man who loved life and and brought so much joy and laughter to those around him.

"Wherever Pete went, the good times followed. A darkness has fallen on us all as we try and make sense of why Pete had to die in the prime of his life.

"He was a loyal friend and father, brother and son who cared deeply about making sure everyone got the best out of their lives. Our anchor has been pulled away so cruelly."

First Minister Alex Salmond also paid tribute to Mr Campsie.

He said: "This is an extremely distressing incident and my thoughts and condolences are with the family during this very difficult time."

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We were made aware of the death of a British national in Brazil on 2 April.

"We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

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