Remembering Our Dead: April 2017

Every year on or around 20th November people worldwide gather for the Transgender day of Remembrance to to remember the trans people we have lost to murder and violence in the past year, as reported by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project and published by Transgender Europe (TGEU).

The following are details of trans people known to have been killed worldwide during April 2017 (see TDoR 2017: Say their names. Learn their stories. Remember them for an index covering the whole year).

[TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE. MURDER]

<< March 2017


Name Unknown
2 Apr 2017
Acará (Brazil)
Beaten

The victim was at a party and afterwards had an argument, allegedly with a woman or a couple. She was beaten to death.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & Grupo whatsapp Rede Trans Brasil/Shaylla Vilhena 02/04/2017

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/nao-identificada-pauladas-pa-acara/ [DEAD LINK]


Sayra Hills
3 Apr 2017
São Paulo (Brazil)
Industrial silicone

Sayra Hills

Sayra was a hairdresser. She died from medical complications after injecting industrial silicone.

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/sayra.hills.

https:///homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/sayra-hills-silicone-industrial-sp-sao-paulo/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmreal/permalink/1478786355527994/


Name Unknown
3 Apr 2017
Campo Grande (Brazil)

The victim was killed at around 10am, but the cause of death was not reported. Residents say that she had only lived in the area for a short time.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/nao-identificada-rj-rio-de-janeiro/ [DEAD LINK]

https://www.facebook.com/bairrodecg/posts/1871415283073209



Sherlyn Montoya
Age 29
4 Apr 2017
Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Honduras)
Tortured

Sherlyn Montoya

Sherlyn went missing in the night of 2nd April. Her body was found in a bag with signs of torture.

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2017/04/10/trans-activist-murdered-honduras/


Bianka Gonçalves
Age 22
7 Apr 2017
Primavera do Leste (Brazil)
Shot

Bianka Gonçalves

Bianka was shot at least twice in the head and robbed at dawn in a sex-work area alongside the MT-130 highway. According to police, the area is dangerous and many women who work there do not carry their bags.

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/bianka.soares.397.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/07/brazil-transgender-woman-murdered-on.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/bianka-goncalves-de-22-anos-tiros-mt-primavera-do-leste/ [DEAD LINK]

http://portalpva.com.br/2017/04/07/morte-de-bianka-em-primavera-gera-revolta-de-muitos-que-a-conhecia/

http://olhardireto.com.br/noticias/exibir.asp?id=433209&edt=25&noticia=travesti-e-assassinada-a-tiros-e-tem-pertences-levados-em-rodovia-de-mt



Sitara
9 Apr 2017
Sialkot (Pakistan)
Shot

Sitara was shot dead in Sialkot in the ogu Darbar Area. The identity of those responsible is unknown.

TvT partner organisation Wajood & Trans Action Pakistan, 09.04.2017


Camila
Age 45
10 Apr 2017
São José dos Campos (Brazil)
Beaten

Camila

Camila was beaten to death in a hotel room by a man she went out on a date with. Her murderer was arrested and has confessed to the crime and been jailed.

Camila’s death left her 5 and 10 year old children orphaned.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/07/brazil-camila-bashed-to-death-in-hotel.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/camila-prof-sexo-45-anos-espancamento-sp-sao-jose-dos-campos/ [DEAD LINK]

https://noticias.r7.com/cidade-alerta/videos/homem-mata-travesti-em-hotel-apos-encontro-amoroso-10042017


Jheayn
10 Apr 2017
Metro Manilla (Philippines)
Beaten

Jheayn was beaten to death. Facebook post comments suggested she was a member of a group or gang with enemies.



Gabi Araújo da Silva
Age 29
12 Apr 2017
Feira de Santana (Brazil)
Shot

Gabi was shot in the face and shoulder at around 9:20pm on 12th April in Honorato Bonfim Street in the Brasília neighbourhood. Her colleagues suspect that she was murdered by a client.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/gabi-29-anos-tiros-ba-feira-de-santana/ [DEAD LINK]

http://www.fortenoreconcavo.com.br/2017/04/travesti-e-morto-cruelmente-tiros-em.html

http://www.suburbioonline.com/travesti-e-morta-com-varios-tiros/



Name Unknown
12 Apr 2017
Curitiba (Brazil)
Beaten

The victim was beaten to death. The body was collected by the Medical-Legal Institute (IML) for official identification, and the crime is being investigated by the Civil Police.

TvT partner organization Rede Trans Brasil & Tribuna 12/04/2017



Yadira Lopez Marroquin
Age 17
16 Apr 2017
Monterrey (Mexico)
Asphixiated

Yadira Lopez Marroquin [https://ulisex.com]

Yadira entered the Hotel Venecia with a male partner who left the hotel 20 minutes later leaving her body behind. She had been asphixiated.

https://ulisex.com/estrangulan-chica-trans-menor-edad-hotel-del-centro-mty/


Monse Morga Javier
Age 45
17 Apr 2017
Guerrero (Mexico)
Shot

Monse and another person went to a funeral. Their bodies were later found with shots to the head.

TvT partner organisation Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & Notimundo 20.03.2017



Samily Guimarães
Age 24
20 Apr 2017
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Shot

Samily Guimarães

Samily was shot in the head and breast on Avenida Atlântica on the banks of the Botas River at 11:30pm. Witnesses reported that the shots came from a passing car.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/07/brazil-transgender-woman-samily.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/samily-guimaraes-24-anos-tiros-dhbf-rj-em-belford-roxo/ [DEAD LINK]

https://faizakhalida.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/transexual-samily-guimaraes-de-24-anos.html

https://oglobo.globo.com/rio/policia-investiga-morte-de-mulher-transexual-em-belford-roxo-1-21243311


Chayviss Reed
Age 28
21 Apr 2017
Miami, Florida (USA)
Shot

Chayviss Reed

Chay was shot in the stomach while running across the street. Her attacker fled.

According to her Facebook page, Reed grew up in Carol City, graduated from American Senior High School and moved to Opa-locka after she finished at the job corps. Her friends say she was sweet, full of life and hilarious.
Nina Serafina, who also met Reed at the Homestead Jobs Corps, said Reed was the life of any party and “loved to dance her heart out.”
“She was like a mom,” she said. “Tell you when you wrong even if you don’t want to hear it.”
Her friend’s death left her crying “like a baby,” she said.
“The whole city loved her,” she said.

https://mic.com/articles/174967/transgender-woman-chay-reed-shot-and-killed-in-miami

https://www.advocate.com/crime/2017/4/28/miami-trans-woman-murdered-ninth-homicide-year

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/24/ninth-black-trans-woman-killed-in-the-us-this-year/


J. S. Matos (“Marooni”)
Age 51
22 Apr 2017
Belem (Brazil)

Marooni was a hairdresser. She was stabbed 18 times at dawn on 22nd April. Neighbours told police that they heard several shouts from the victim, but had not seen anything.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/jaime-soeiro-matos-cabeleireiro-51-anos-pa-belem/ [DEAD LINK]

http://m.diarioonline.com.br/noticias/policia/noticia-408735-cabeleireiro-e-morto-a-facadas-no-marco.html



Tato Eduardo Ayestas
23 Apr 2017
El Paraíso (Honduras)
Stabbed

Tato was stabbed repeatedly.

TvT partner organisation Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & Tiempo, 24.04.2017



Vanessa Valenzuela
28 Apr 2017
Viña del Mar, Region Valparaiso (Chile)
Beaten

Vanessa was attacked with hammers, sticks and beaten up by 5 people who yelled “kill the fag”.

TvT partner organisation Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & El Ciudadano 04.05.2017


Name Unknown
29 Apr 2017
Barcarena (Brazil)
Stabbed

The victim was drinking in the company of another person when they had an argument. She was stabbed twice. Her killer has confessed to the crime.

TvT partner organization Rede Trans Brasil & Duda Lacerda/ Rede Paraense de Pessoas Trans via WhatsApp. 28/04/2017

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/nao-identificada-tiros-pa-belem/ [DEAD LINK]

https://homofobiamata.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/duda-lacerda.pdf


Name Unknown
29 Apr 2017
Vitoria de Santo Antao (Brazil)
Shot

The victim was shot by a 38-caliber pistol. Her name is unknown.

Note that the TGEU list gives her name as “Uilca”, but in the original news reports that name was used only in reference to the murder of Wilka in the same city a month earlier.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/nao-identificada-tiros-pe-vitoria-de-santo-antao/ [DEAD LINK]

http://www.diariodepernambuco.com.br/app/noticia/vida-urbana/2017/04/29/interna_vidaurbana,701650/em-vitoria-mais-uma-transexual-e-assassinada.shtml

http://jconline.ne10.uol.com.br/canal/cidades/policia/noticia/2017/04/29/transexual-e-assassinada-em-vitoria-de-santo-antao-280905.php


Sophia Castro
Age 21
29 Apr 2017
Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
Beaten and strangled

Sophia Castro

Sophia was beaten with a hammer and strangled. When arrested her attacker claimed that he killed her in self-defence.

HJC, 42, was arrested on the spot and taken to the Prison System Relocation Center (Ceresp) in Contagem. According to the police, a friend of the suspect reported the murder to the Military Police. H. called him for help because he had killed someone and was thinking about killing himself.
In a statement, he said he ran a show with Sophia on Saturday (29) and after using cocaine they ended up falling out. He claimed that she had attempted to assault him and that he retaliated, using a hammer and squeezing the victim’s neck until she fainted.
The vice president of the Center for Fight for Free Sexual Orientation (Cellos-MG) and member of the Trans Network, Anyky Lima said she met Sophia when she was 19 and went to live in her house for a year.According to Anyky, the girl had a dream of having her home, was quiet, kept in touch with her mother, and because of the lack of opportunity in the job market, she was in prostitution. She points out that the police should be involved in investigations not only of Sophia’s death, but of several cases of transphobia, such as Mirella de Carlo’s , on February 19, at Carlos Prates in BH. Anyky claims that there is always an attempt to blame the victim who was murdered and to justify the crimes of transphobia.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/07/brazil-21-year-old-sophia-castro-killed.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/sophia-castro-21-anos-marteladas-mg-belo-horizonte/ [DEAD LINK]

https://freelance24horas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/desaparecida-ha-5-dias-travesti-sophia.html



Name Unknown
30 Apr 2017
Belem (Brazil)
Shot

The victim was shot.

TvT partner organization Rede Trans Brasil & Rede Paraense de Pessoas Trans/ Duda Lacerda 30/04/2017

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/nao-identificada-tiros-pa-belem-2/ [DEAD LINK]


Samaielly da Silva Nascimento
Age 16
30 Apr 2017
Lauro de Freitas (Brazil)
Shot

Samaielly da Silva Nascimento

Samaielly was murdered on 30th April at around 11 pm in the district of Itinga, municipality of Lauro de Freitas.

Friends of Samaielly said that she lived in an extreme state of social vulnerability as when she transitioned at the age of thirteen she had been kicked out of the house by her family. She had no job and lived alone in a small room.

“She was desperate, looking for a job. She was alone, there was no one. The father lives on the island, the family was estranged from her because of her sexual identity.” said a friend who prefers not to identify themself.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/07/brazil-16-year-old-transgender-girl_26.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/samaielly-tiros-27a-dp-ba-lauro-de-freitas/ [DEAD LINK]

http://itambeagora.com/2017/05/transexual-de-16-anos-e-assassinada-com-seis-tiros-na-bahia.html

http://www.jornalfolhapopular.net.br/transexual-de-16-anos-e-assassinada-com-6-tiros-em-itinga/


Shama
Age 27
30 Apr 2017
Tej Mohan Nagar (India)
Stabbed

Sharma and her killer were married but he left Sharma when he learned she was transgender. Several years later he returned to the city where she was living and stabbed her. Her killer’s mother may have been an accomplice and has also been arrested.

TvT partner organization APTN & Hindustan Times, 08.07.2017