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'Scot' dies in Brazil bar shooting

Jason Stevens Image copyright Jason Stevens
Image caption Jason Stevens was working as an English teacher in Brazil

A man, understood to be Scottish, has died after being shot during a robbery at a bar in Brazil.

Jason Stevens, who was working in the country as an English teacher, died on Wednesday after the incident in Sao Paulo.

The BBC's Hugo Bachega said local media had reported that he was shot as he tried to speak to one of the robbers.

The Foreign Office said it had offered assistance to the man's family.

It is understood that one of the robbers was taking money from customers as another guarded the door.

Mr Bachega told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "He was at a bar when two robbers entered the place. One of them was armed, and witnesses that were quoted by local media say that Jason Richard Stevens went to talk to one of the robbers.

"It seems that the robber was surprised by how tall he was and shot him dead.

"He died when he was being taken to hospital."

'Tragic event'

The robbers left the scene in a car driven by a third man and no arrests have been made.

Mr Stevens was a former pupil of St Paul's School in Sao Paulo, where his mother is a teacher.

Head teacher Louise Simpson said: "Our most sincere condolences are with her and her family at the time of this tragic event.

"The school community has been informed and has offered support and sympathy to the family."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national on 22 October in Brazil."

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