Montrose man shot dead in Brazil

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Tragedy has hit a Montrose family overseas with a local man shot dead in Brazil.

Peter Campsie (48), was killed by two gunmen who were attempting a car jacking in Rio de Janeiro as he returned home to his family following a business meeting.

Mr Campsie is reported to have been shot twice as as he tried to flee his Lexus on Wednesday.

The operations manager for Diamond Offshore Drilling International had worked in Brazil for 16 years and lived in the city of Macae, north of Rio, with his wife and 10-year-old daughter.

He is survived by two sons and his mother, brother and sister in Scotland.

In a family statement to the Press & Journal, they 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.”

It is understood Mr Campsie died at the scene of the attack in the late afternoon in the Niteroi municipality. The gunmen fled empty-handed.

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

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