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A man sacrificed his own life to save a woman being held hostage by a gunman in Brazil. 

During a hostage situation in front of the Sao Paolo Cathedral in Brazil a homeless man sprung into action after he noticed a woman being attacked by a man with a gun and was threatening to kill her. 

Francisco Erasmo Rodrigues de Lima, 61 fought with the gunman, Luiz Antonio da Silva, 49 until the woman was able to get away. 

During the scuffle, Da Silva shot Erasmo two times in the chest. 

When police arrived they opened fire on de Silva, killing him at the scene.