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

[TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE. MURDER]

<< January 2017


Name Unknown
Age “about 40”
3 Feb 2017
Recife (Brazil)
Drowned

The victim was found by passersby floating in the Rio Capibaribe near the near the Paulo Guerra Bridge in Recife.

Her body showed marks of violence and her legs had been tied together. Police reported that she appeared to be about 40 years old.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/nao-identificada-asfixia-pe-recife/ [DEAD LINK]

http://tvjornal.ne10.uol.com.br/noticia/ultimas/2017/02/03/corpo-de-travesti-e-encontrado-boiando-na-zona-sul-do-recife-28887.php

https://poraqui.news/boa-viagem/corpo-encontrado-na-bacia-do-pina-e-de-uma-travesti/

https://poraqui.news/boa-viagem/corpo-e-encontrado-na-bacia-do-pina/


Ágatha Mont
Age 26
4 Feb 2017
Itapevi (Brazil)
Beaten and strangled

Ágatha Mont

Ágatha was strangled and clubbed on the head after using the girls bathroom at college and her body dumped in the street. A message left in the bathroom read “Male in a skirt, no!”.

http://planettransgender.com/the-ballad-of-agatha-mont/

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/agatha.mont. The most recent post (made by someone with access to her account) documents her death.

I met her when I was still a kid, and without doubt she was a very cheerful, fun and friendly person, I still can’t believe in what they did with her, rest in peace agate…

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/03/transgender-college-student-brutally.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/21635/ [DEAD LINK]

http://g1.globo.com/sao-paulo/noticia/2016/11/aluna-trans-diz-sofrer-preconceito-ao-usar-banheiro-feminino-em-faculdade.html?utm_source=whatsapp&utm_medium=share-bar-desktop&utm_campaign=share-bar

http://www.jornalcotiaagora.com.br/travesti-e-assassinado-no-jardim-rosemeire/

https://g1.globo.com/sao-paulo/noticia/universitaria-transexual-e-achada-nua-e-morta-policia-apura-se-ela-foi-vitima-de-transfobia.ghtml

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2017/02/1856686-travesti-e-achada-morta-em-itapevi-apos-fim-de-semana-desparecida.shtml

https://www.facebook.com/cristinayoko.kusano/posts/1290146737713828


Name Unknown
5 Feb 2017
Municipio Centro (Mexico)
Shot

The victim’s body was found by a group of people travelling to a nearby church. She had been shot several times in the head.

http://noreste.net/noticia/ejecutan-a-travesti-en-carretera-a-teapa


Gabriele Almeida (“Gabi”)
8 Feb 2017
Montes Claros, Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Industrial silicone

Gabriele Almeida [photo: Facebook]

Gabriele died as a result of a backstreet medical procedure which is commonplace amongst trans women in Latin America.

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/gabrielly.almeida.50309.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/gabriela-almeida-mg-montes-claros/ [DEAD LINK]

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmreal/permalink/1458033694269927/




Angelo Ramos Claros
9 Feb 2017
Garzón (Colombia)
Shot

Angelo Ramos Claros

Angelo was a professional stylist. She was in her salon when she was shot in the back with a shotgun by a 21 year old man who then fled the premises before being caught by the police.

http://lavozdelaregion.co/conmocion-garzon-asesinato-miembro-la-comunidad-lgbti/


Alexandra Peña Vizcaya
Age 32
12 Feb 2017
Chiquinquira (Venezuela)
Shot

Alexandra died after being shot in the skull and right leg. The crime could be related to that of a recently killed gay man as both victims had their penis and face cut off.

Her loved ones explained that she was a very active person. In addition to working in styling, was dedicated to organizing birthday parties and any other type of celebrations. She stood out dancing in a group of “garotas”, so “everyone was looking for it”.
At 32 years of age she had been the winner of the Miss Gay Venezuela contest, in which she participated in the years 2009 and 2010.
“She led the floats of Henri Falcón during the carnival, she was the first to leave with her wings (…) She was the queen of the Why Not nightclub.”

[pronouns corrected in translation]

http://infociudad24.com/matan-al-primer-travesti-del-ano-tiran-cadaver/


Nampuang
12 Feb 2017
Pranaknrnsri Ayuthaya (Thailand)
Stabbed

Nampuang

Nampuang was a sex worker. Her body was found inside a house which was undergoing construction work. She had bruises around her neck, and a stab wound to the breast.

A witness reported a teenager wearing a motorcycle helmet parked in front of the house after the incident.

https://www.khaosod.co.th/breaking-news/news_223517


J. M. Sepriano
Age 15
13 Feb 2017
Naga (Philippines)
Stabbed

J. M. Sepriano

J.M. was hacked to death by a neighbour after intervening in a fight involving the suspect’s son. The assailant attacked them from behind.

https://www.facebook.com/repos.agib/posts/1436289763062214

http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/122547/teenager-hacked-dead-neighbor-naga-city


Dandara dos Santos
Age 42
15 Feb 2017
Fortaleza (Brazil)
Beaten and stoned

Dandara dos Santos

Dandara was publicly tortured and beaten to death by several young men. Her horrific ordeal was recorded and published on YouTube. The video was later removed, but not before news of her horrific ordeal had spread worldwide.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/world/americas/brazil-transgender-killing-video.html

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/03/brazil-transgender-dandara-santos.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/dandara-pauladas-e-pedradas-ce-fortaleza/ [DEAD LINK]

When she got on the bike that would take her to the place where the video of her beating was filmed, Dandara dos Santos said goodbye and smiled to those around her. It was February 15 last. On that street in Conjunto Ceará, she grew up, made friends, distributed favors, took care of her mother, danced … Dandara was sweet and cheerful. Even those who did not know her well knew the reputation of being polite and playful.
“The day she died, I saw her at the supermarket buying bread. She went every morning, helping a gentleman down there” pointed out a neighbor, who did not want to be identified. The routine on the pavement street was to drink coffee and smoke cigarettes. Inside the house, her corner was a hammock in front of the bad-looking television.

Name Unknown
16 Feb 2017
Chaparral (Colombia)
Beaten

The victim had been reported as missing for 10 days. She was violently sexually assaulted and beaten in different parts of the body.

http://www.ondasdeibague.com/noticias/principales/59-destacadas/5331-cuerpohallado-en-zona-ruralde-chaparral-pertenece-a-miembro-de-la-comunidad-lgbti


Morgana Ferreira
17 Feb 2017
Caçapava (Brazil)
Shot

Morgana Ferreira

Morgana was shot dead in the street in Vila Galvão, Caçapava while with a friend. According to her friend’s testimony, the driver of a car called to her and shot her in the head. She died at the scene.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/nao-identificada-tiros-sp-cacapava/

http://g1.globo.com/sp/vale-do-paraiba-regiao/noticia/2017/02/homem-e-morto-tiros-na-vila-galvao-em-cacapava-sp.html



Daniela Rodriguez
Age 29
18 Feb 2017
San Luis Talpa (El Salvador)
Shot

Daniela Rodriguez [photo: washingtonblade.com]

Yasuri Orellana and Daniela Rodríguez were on their way to a party in the center of San Luis Talpa on 18th February 2017 when they were rammed by a car. Without saying a word the driver pulled out a firearm and shot them several times.

On 15th June 2018 their alleged murderer Dimas Antonio Ramos Aparicio was deported from the USA to El Salvador to face trial for aggravated homicide.

http://www.lapagina.com.sv/nacionales/125623/2017/02/19/Asesinan-a-dos-hombresvestidos-como-mujer-en-San-Luis-Talpa-La-Paz

A comment posted on the above news report reads:

“The headline of the news is bad and is tendentious. It’s not about two men dressed as women. They are trans people, they should not even be called trans-homosexuals. As journalists, I do not think they are unaware of LGBT concepts.”

Daniela was identified as D. Rodriguez in the TGEU TDoR 2017 memorial list.

https://www.lapagina.com.sv/nacionales/deportan-a-acusado-de-asesinar-a-dos-travestis-en-san-luis-talpa/

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2017/02/25/state-department-supports-investigation-el-salvador-trans-murders/

https://www.20minutos.com/noticia/76222/0/el-salvador-condenan-asesinatos-de-mujeres-transexuales/


Yasuri Orellana
Age 22
18 Feb 2017
San Luis Talpa (El Salvador)
Shot

Yasuri Orellana [photo: washingtonblade.com]

Daniela Rodríguez and Yasuri Orellana were on their way to a party in the center of San Luis Talpa on 18th February 2017 when they were rammed by a car. Without saying a word the driver pulled out a firearm and shot them several times.

On 15th June 2018 their alleged murderer Dimas Antonio Ramos Aparicio was deported from the USA to El Salvador to face trial for aggravated homicide.

http://www.lapagina.com.sv/nacionales/125623/2017/02/19/Asesinan-a-dos-hombresvestidos-como-mujer-en-San-Luis-Talpa-La-Paz

A comment posted on the above news report reads:

“The headline of the news is bad and is tendentious. It’s not about two men dressed as women. They are trans people, they should not even be called trans-homosexuals. As journalists, I do not think they are unaware of LGBT concepts.”

Yasuri was identified at T. A. Orellana in the TGEU TDoR 2017 memorial list.

https://www.lapagina.com.sv/nacionales/deportan-a-acusado-de-asesinar-a-dos-travestis-en-san-luis-talpa/

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2017/02/25/state-department-supports-investigation-el-salvador-trans-murders/

https://www.20minutos.com/noticia/76222/0/el-salvador-condenan-asesinatos-de-mujeres-transexuales/


C. Camilo Valencia
19 Feb 2017
Valle del Cauca (Colombia)
Shot

C. Camilo Valencia

C. was shot 5 times inside her house after an argument with an acquaintance.

http://extra.com.co/noticias/judicial/mientras-consumia-licor-miembro-de-la-comunidadlgbti-fue-277744 20.02.2017



Jaquarrius Holland
Age 18
19 Feb 2017
Monroe, Loisiana (USA)
Shot

Jaquarrius Holland

Jaquarrius was shot during an argument. Initial news reports misgendered her.

https://mic.com/articles/169896/jaquarius-holland-18-year-old-trans-woman-killed-in-louisiana-misgendered-in-reports

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/02/28/18-year-old-trans-woman-killed-in-louisiana-misgendered-in-news-reports/


Elizabeth Castillo
Age 24
20 Feb 2017
San Luis Talpa (El Salvador)
Beaten

Elizabeth Castillo [photo: ojo-publico.com]

Elizabeth was kidnapped, tortured and murdered after going to the funerals of the two murdered trans women Yasuri Orellana and Daniela Rodríguez. Her body was found with her feet and hands tied, and with wounds to her face and neck.

http://ojo-publico.com/420/transexuales-sin-tierra

http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/articulo/condenan-asesinatos-de-mujeres-transexuales-en-el-salvador

http://elmundo.sv/asesinan-a-travesti-y-vigilante-en-las-ultimas-horas/

https://www.20minutos.com/noticia/76222/0/el-salvador-condenan-asesinatos-de-mujeres-transexuales/


Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond (aka Keke Collier)
Age 24
21 Feb 2017
Chicago (USA)
Shot

Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond (aka Keke Collier)

Keke was shot multiple times while sitting in a car.

“She loved to dance all the time,” said a good friend of Richmond who knew her for nearly a decade. “She was always the life of the party. Even when we got into fights, she didn’t want to fight.”

https://mic.com/articles/169303/24-year-old-trans-woman-keke-collier-shot-and-killed-in-chicago

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct--tiara-richmond-transgender-woman-killed20170223-story.html


Charlotte Oquias Lapasaran Logronio
22 Feb 2017
Davao (Philippines)
Shot

Charlotte was shot.

https://www.facebook.com/violenceinthephilippines/posts/688035984700835


Camila de Souza Magalhães
Age 22
23 Feb 2017
São Gonçalo (Brazil)
Beaten

Camila de Souza Magalhães [photo: osaogoncalo.com.br]

Camila was beaten by more than 10 men. A pastor intervened and tried to save her, but she died 8 days later after the hospital where she was taken after the beating failed to notice internal injuries which proved fatal.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2017/03/transgender-woman-dies-after-being.html

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/camila-22-anos-espancamento-rj-sao-goncalo/ [DEAD LINK]

http://www.osaogoncalo.com.br/seguranca-publica/22359/travesti-morre-apos-ser-espancada-por-10-traficantes-no-jardim-catarina


Shameera Krishnan
Age 26
23 Feb 2017
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Shot and stabbed

Shameera Krishnan [photo: gaystarnews.com]

Shameera was a florist. She was shot in the bottom and slashed in the head after going out to buy food and top up her phone credit.

Her body was found barefoot in the street. Four fingers on her right hand had been severed and her right arm was mutilated.

http://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/556869

https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/five-brothers-arrested-for-brutal-murder-of-trans-woman-in-malaysia/

https://iglu-biblioteka.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/hemeroteca-transfeminicidio-el.html


Byanka Yañez
Age 45
24 Feb 2017
Matamoros (Mexico)
Stabbed

Byanka was stabbed inside the beauty salon she owned.

http://expreso.press/2017/02/24/asesinan-estilista-2/



Chyna Gibson aka Chyna Doll Dupree
Age 31
25 Feb 2017
New Orleans (USA)
Shot

Chyna Gibson aka Chyna Doll Dupree

Chyna was shot and killed outside of a shopping center while visiting her family in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

https://mic.com/articles/169646/new-orleans-transgender-woman-chyna-gibson-shot-and-killed

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/02/26/transgender-performer-shot-and-killed-in-new-orleans/




Ciara McElveen
Age 27
27 Feb 2017
New Orleans (USA)
Stabbed

Ciara McElveen

Police officers found Ciara lying facedown on the pavement and suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was taken to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

https://mic.com/articles/169818/ciara-mc-elveen-transgender-woman-killed-in-new-orleans

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/02/28/another-trans-woman-has-been-stabbed-and-killed-in-new-orleans/

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/03/pushed_to_societys_edges_7th_w.html


Madonna Marrocos
28 Feb 2017
Guarabira (Brazil)
Stabbed

Madonna was stabbed. Valter Constantino de Oliveira, 32, was arrested and confessed to her murder. When questioned he said that he did not repent and that “he would do it again, and he would dismember” her.

One lady said she was thrilled when she saw Madonna crying inhappiness over a plate of food she won at Christmas when a religious group gave a dinner party at the fair for street people. She said that Maradona was not a bad person and liked to talk to everyone with great affection.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/ze-de-marroque-madona-facadas-pb-guarabira/

http://www.blogdofelipesilva.com/2017/02/homossexual-e-assassinado-em-guarabira.html

http://www.plugadosnanoticia.com/2017/02/homossexual-e-morto-facadas-em.html

http://www.g2portaldenoticias.com/2017/02/madona-baixinha-travestir-e-assassinado.html


Name Unknown
28 Feb 2017
Barquisimeto (Venezuela)
Shot

The victim was shot in the chest and face in the early hours of morning, and her body was found in the street. Neighbours reported hearing three gunshots.

https://noticias.universogay.com/tres-transexuales-han-sido-asesinados-en-el-mes-de-febrero-en-el-venezolano-estado-de-lara__03032017.html


Amna
Age 35
28 Feb 2017
Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Tortured

Amna was arrested by the police with other trans women, allegedly on the charge of ‘cross-dressing’ and having ‘same-sex’ relationships. They were bound into sacks, beaten with sticks and tortured to death.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/transgender-pakistani-saudi-arabia-tortured-death-amna-meeno-11-custody-lgbt-rights-human-a7607446.html

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/saudi-arabia-2-transgender-pakistanis-allegedly-tortured-death-by-police-riyadh-1609330


Meeno
Age 26
28 Feb 2017
Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Tortured

Meeno was arrested by the police with other trans women, allegedly on the charge of ‘cross-dressing’ and having ‘same-sex’ relationships. They were bound into sacks, beaten with sticks and tortured to death.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/transgender-pakistani-saudi-arabia-tortured-death-amna-meeno-11-custody-lgbt-rights-human-a7607446.html

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/saudi-arabia-2-transgender-pakistanis-allegedly-tortured-death-by-police-riyadh-1609330


Name Unknown
Age “about 30”
Calimaya (Mexico)
Cause of death unknown

The victim’s body was found on 25th February in a field just over a kilometer from Mexicaltzingo. Her face was disfigured, one arm mutilated she had neck wounds.

Her identity and the date of death are unknown.

https://www.debate.com.mx/policiacas/La-cruel-muerte-de-un-travesti--20170227-0155.html