Indian rights activists in Brazil say a Guarani Indian was beaten and stabbed to death in a western state that has been the scene of much violence against indigenous people.
A statement posted Friday on the website of the Roman Catholic Church-backed Indigenous Missionary Council says that Teodoro Ricardi was killed Tuesday. He was slain near the town of Paranhos in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
It says Ricardi's killers were apparently hired by a local rancher occupying land claimed by the Guarani tribe.
The council says that of the 38 Indians murdered this year in Brazil, 27 died in Mato Grosso do Sul.