Remembering Our Dead: August 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 August 2017 (see TDoR 2017: Say their names. Learn their stories. Remember them for an index covering the whole year).

[TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE. MURDER]

<< July 2017





Bruna Laclose
6 Aug 2017
Pinheiro Machado (Brazil)
Stabbed

Bruna Laclose

Bruna was stabbed and died at the scene from her injuries. The suspect who killed her stabbed another victim later the same night.

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004693789404.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/08/brazil-transgender-woman-is-stabbed-to.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/bruna-laclose-facadas-rs-pinheiro-machado/ [DEAD LINK]


Sihle
Age not reported
6 Aug 2017
Eastern Cape (South Africa)
Stabbed

Sihle was on her way home after a night out at a bar in Duncan Village when a man made sexual advances at her. When she refused his advances, the man became aggressive and stabbed her.

TvT project: AWID, 09.08.2017


Paulinha da Silva
Age 38
8 Aug 2017
Palmares (Brazil)
Stabbed

Paulinha was a bar with a man, and after a while they left together. Later that evening a man approached her and stabbed her to death. It took seven hours for her body to be collected.

https://goqueer.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/brazil-transgender-woman-is-brutally.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/paulinha-prof-sexo-facadas-18a-do-pe-palmares/ [DEAD LINK]

http://portalpe10.com.br/noticias/18973/corpo-de-travesti-assassinado-em-palmares-demora-7h-para-ser-recolhido-pelo-iml

https://portall19lajedo.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/homossexual-e-assassinado-tiros-em.html




J. Negrete
13 Aug 2017
Puebla (Mexico)
Beaten

J. was found dead with a bruise to her head in Hidalgo Street in the municipality of San Grabiel Chilac, in the area known as “La Chapopota”.

http://www.periodicocentral.mx/2017/pagina-negra/tragedias/item/14042-reportan-crimen-de-odio-en-chilac-matan-a-chica-transexual



Sufaid
Age 17
14 Aug 2017
Nowshera (Pakistan)
Shot

Sufaid was shot dead in Khweshgi area of Nowshera district. The police arrested two people (identified as Amir and his accomplice Abid, both of whom had shared a home with Sufaid).

https://www.dawn.com/news/1351674


Kenicha
Age 16
15 Aug 2017
Pococí (Costa Rica)
Asphyxiated

Kenicha’s body was found in a wasteland by neighbours. She had been asphyxiated.

http://www.tn8.tv/america-latina/428296-hallan-6-cuerpos-fosa-clandestina-exclusiva-zona-mexicana-acapulco/7


Akio Willy Costa Cruz
Age 35
18 Aug 2017
Ananindeua (Brazil)
Mutilated

Akio Willy Costa Cruz

It is not clear whether Akio identified as gay man or a transgender woman, but female pronouns were used in the original news report, which also referred to Akio as trans.

According to the police, Akio was killed at home by two men who had spent the night with her. After drinking alcoholic drinks, they killed and disembowelled her as well as plucking out her eyes and cutting off her genitals.

Two suspects were arrested and confessed to the crime.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/07/brazil-gay-man-was-gutted-and-had-his.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/akio-willy-costa-cruz-cabeleireiro-35-anos-estripado-pa-ananindeua/ [DEAD LINK]

http://www.diarioonline.com.br/noticias/policia/noticia-434219-.html


Ayelén Gómez
Age 31
18 Aug 2017
Tucuman (Argentina)
Asphyxiated

Ayelén Gómez

Ayelén went out to visit a friend but she never arrived. Her body was found showing signs of extreme violence near a sports club. She died from asphyxiation.

http://agenciapresentes.org/2017/08/13/travesticidio-tucuman-encontraron-ayelen-gomez-lawn-tennis/

In that same city, on April 19, 2012, she had been arrested, raped and abused by two policemen from the second section of San Miguel. Ayelén denounced these events as soon as [she] regained [her] freedom.

http://agenciapresentes.org/2017/08/14/travesticidio-en-tucuman-segun-la-autopsia-ayelen-murio-por-asfixia/

https://www.lagaceta.com.ar/nota/740661/actualidad/mataron-golpes-mujer-trans-detras-lawn-tennis.html


Dianna Della Vega
18 Aug 2017
Limoeiro (Brazil)
Shot

Dianna Della Vega

Neighbours searched for Dianna after noticing that she was missing. When they found her they discovered that she had been shot.

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/isis.armany.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/dianna-della-veja-cabeleireira-tiros-pe-limoeiro/index.html [DEAD LINK]

http://www.coisasdavida.net.br/2017/08/homossexual-foi-encontrado-morto-dentro.html

https://blogdoagreste.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/homicidios-assaltos-abuso-e-prisoes.html



R. S. Durán
20 Aug 2017
Cuautla, Morelos (Mexico)
Shot

R. S. was a sex worker. Her body was found with gunshot wounds near an industrial estate.

https://www.elsoldepuebla.com.mx/local/estado/asesinan-a-travesti-de-tepexco-en-morelos-875781.html


J. D. Nava Adame
Age 17
21 Aug 2017
Chihuahua (Mexico)
Shot

J. D. was shot along with her cousin Magaly Muñoz Adame and five other people. Only her deadname is known.

https://www.elsoldeparral.com.mx/local/fiscalia-dio-a-conocer-que-uno-de-los-fallecidos-era-travesti

https://www.elsoldeparral.com.mx/local/identifican-a-otros-dos-de-los-siete-ejecutados-el-lunes




Name Unknown
22 Aug 2017
Veracruz (Mexico)
Shot

Armed people went to abar and shot indiscriminately killing two people — one of them a trans woman working as a waitress.

http://plumaslibres.com.mx/2017/08/22/asesinan-mesero-afuera-una-cantina-coatzacoalcos


Peluchina
23 Aug 2017
Colima (Mexico)
Stabbed

Peluchina’s throat was slit inside the Primaveras hotel. The identity of her killer is unknown.

http://www.colimanoticias.com/identifican-a-victima-de-asesinato-en-un-hotel-de-tecoman


Pepper K (“Phoenix”)
33 years old
25 Aug 2017
Mansfield, Ohio (USA)
Beaten

Pepper K (“Phoenix”)

Phoenix was killed by another inmate while incarcerated in the Mansfield Correctional Institution. They were taken to an area hospital but died of their injuries on 25 August.

According to Wikipedia, they had participated in the Black and Pink LGBTQ prisoner online pen pal program.

http://nbc4i.com/2017/08/30/inmate-assaulted-in-mansfield-prison-has-died-ohio-patrol-says/

Note that Phoenix was not included in the TGEU list.



P.
Age 27
27 Aug 2017
Acapulco (Mexico)
Shot

P. was shot on her way to work. Only her deadname is known.

http://www.digitalguerrero.com.mx/policiaca/identifican-al-travesti-asesinado-el-domingo-en-las-cruces-de-acapulco/


R. Ventura Márquez
Age 36
27 Aug 2017
Durango (Mexico)
Beaten

R. was beaten to death in her home. Only her deadname is known.

https://laguna.multimedios.com/laguna/encuentran-hombre-vestido-de-mujer-golpeado-muerte


Malvilis Trujillo
Age 17
27 Aug 2017
Tolima (Colombia)
Asphyxiated

Malvilis Trujillo

Malvilis went to a hotel with two men but was found dead the following morning. Her body showed signs of violence.

http://m.elnuevodia.com.co/nuevodia/actualidad/judicial/402468-joven-trans-fue-asesinada-en-un-motel-de-flandes

http://hsbnoticias.com/noticias/judicial/transgenero-fue-citado-un-hotel-para-un-servicio-y-horas-d-340753


Xaynna Shayuri Morganna (“Lili”)
Age 41
27 Aug 2017
Cachoeira (Brazil)

Xaynna Shayuri Morganna (“Lili”)

Lili was last seen alive at around 10pm running in front of the city forum. Several minutes later she was found shot dead in a fetal position on the banks of the Paraguaçu River in a busy area near the town square.

According to the police, preliminary investigations suggest out that Lili was killed by three men who were in a silver-colored Honda Civic car.

Lili was president of the Gay Group of Cachoeira Association and since 2010 had been one of the organisers of the Cachoeira LGBT pride parade. As a result of her death, the 2017 Pride (which was due to happen on 15th October 2017) was cancelled.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/lili-41-anos-tiros-ba-cachoeira/index.html [DEAD LINK]

http://blogs.correio24horas.com.br/mesalte/travesti-militante-lgbt-do-reconcavo-e-assassinada-em-cachoeira/

http://www.clicknoticias.com.br/inicio/presidente-de-grupo-gay-de-cachoeira-e-morto-a-tiros-na-noite-deste-domingo-27/

http://ubaitabaurgente.com.br/noticias/bahia/membro-do-grupo-gay-da-cidade-de-cachoeira-e-assassinado/

https://observatoriog.bol.uol.com.br/noticias/2017/08/militante-lgbt-travesti-e-morta-em-cidade-do-reconcavo-baiano



Name Unknown
31 Aug 2017
Chihuahua (Mexico)

The victim’s body was found in a decomposed state with a bag over her head. The cause of death is unknown.

http://ulisex.com/hallan-cadaver-de-posible-mujer-trans-en-un-pozo-de-aguas-pluviales-en-cd-juarez