CARACAS, VENEZUELA – NOVEMBER 2009: A family mourns at the funeral of a man who was shot dead with 16 shots to the head, while coming out of his home with his daughter, by one of the ‘colectivos’ of Caracas. He was a member of a rival criminal gang. ‘Colectivos’ are criminal gangs which have been armed by President Hugo Chavez’s administration, and have been converted into left-wing guerrilla groups through the introduction of political ideology, in order to act as death squadrons serving the Bolivarian revolution, carrying out politically-motivated killings. They are still involved in their traditional criminal activities such as the drug trade. This particular group is a ‘colectivo motorizado’ meaning they ride motorbikes or scooters, the vehicle of choice for carrying out drive-by killings. The walls are decorated with revolutionary propaganda.