Remembering Our Dead: November 2016

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 November 2016 (see TDoR 2017: Say their names. Learn their stories. Remember them for an index covering the whole year).

[TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE. MURDER]

<< October 2016


Mayla Gonzales
Age 25
1 Nov 2016
Isabela (Philippines)
Beaten

The suspects thought Mayla was a cisgender female and became mad when they found out that she was trans. Her skull was smashed with a 2x2 wooden beam.

TvT partner organisation APTN & Philstar, 09.11.2016


Lili
2 Nov 2016
Laranjeiras (Brazil)
Shot

Lili was a corn seller. She was shot.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & Informações Policiais e Astra LGBT / SE, 02.11.2016



I. M. de Sousa
Age 18
3 Nov 2016
Campos dos Goytacaze, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Shot

I. M was shot in the back and breast on the banks of the Paraíba river in Campos dos Goytacazes. A 16 year old suspect was detained by the police.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2016/12/lgbt-people-killed-in-brazil-oct-17-to.html

http://campos24horas.com.br/portal/travesti-e-assassinado-em-plena-luz-do-dia-nesta-quinta-em-campos/


Name Unknown
3 Nov 2016
São Carlos, São Paulo (Brazil)

The victim’s body was found in woods in a state of decomposition. Her arms and legs had been tied.

https://goqueer.blogspot.com/2016/12/lgbt-people-killed-in-brazil-oct-17-to.html


Noony Norwood
Age 30
5 Nov 2016
Richmond (USA)
Shot

Noony Norwood

Noony was shot. She died in hospital the next day.

https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2016/11/08/transgender-woman-shot-death-virginia


Alynda Leitte
Age 29
7 Nov 2016
Manaus (Brazil)
Suffocated

Alynda Leitte [photo: Facebook]

Alynda was suffocated with a sheet and found by her sister. A neighbour said she had been seen with a tall white man.

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/alynda.leitte.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & Amazonas ao vivo.com, 07.11.2016

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmreal/permalink/1279708855435746/


Name Unknown
Age 50
7 Nov 2016
Distrito Federal (Mexico)
Run over

The victim was run over on a a bridge in the Escandón neighborhood, Miguel Hidalgo delegation. The vehicle responsible failed to stop.

http://www.excelsior.com.mx/comunidad/2016/11/07/1126744


Pitty
8 Nov 2016
Paragominas (Brazil)
Stabbed

Pitty was stabbed 15 times.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & Diario on line, 08.11.2016


Tara
Age 28
9 Nov 2016
Chennai (India)
Burned

Tara (left) [photo: thenewsminute.com]

Tara was was found severely burnt outside of a police station. She died in hospital.

Police had stopped her the night before and accused her of soliciting sex work while she charged her phone at a 24-hour store. They confiscated her phone and the keys to her vehicle. According to a friend, when she argued she was assaulted and taken to the police station for questioning, where they allegedly assaulted her again.

The local community believes that the police were responsible for burning her to death.

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/transgender-woman-dies-chennai-she-was-found-burnt-outside-police-station-52639


Day Azevedo
10 Nov 2016
Caiaco (Brazil)
Shot

Day Azevedo

Day also went by the name Day Mininão. He was shot 9 times while travelling on a motorcycle and died from internal bleeding.

http://www.nlucon.com/2016/11/homem-trans-day-azevedo-e-assassinado.html


Niurkeli Carguaitongo
Age 33
12 Nov 2016
Nantes (France)
Cause of death not reported

Niurkeli Carguaitongo [photo: lepotcommun.fr]

Niurkeli (also known as Niurka) was an Ecuadorian sex worker who disappeared after travelling from Paris to Nantes on 15th October 2016. On 21st October her colleague reported her disappearance to the police in Nantes, and her death was confirmed on 12th November.

Niurkeli’s friends found a piece of paper with the phone number of the person they suspected had murdered her and gave the number to the police.

Since 2014, Niurka suffered from precarious and deteriorating working conditions in Paris and had to travel regularly to the provinces to maintain her income levels. We attribute the circumstances of her death to a context in which sex workers are forced to take more and more risks by traveling to increasingly insecure and insecure places.
We are tired of the deaths of our colleagues succeeding one another in general indifference and demanding that justice be done. Niurka lived in Paris with her mother, who always supported and respected her, and it was she who asked STRASS for us to be a civil party during the trial, which we will do.

http://strass-syndicat.org/justice-pour-niurkeli-assassinee/

https://www.lepotcommun.fr/pot/0p6qo0nx


Celeste
Age 35
16 Nov 2016
Córdoba (Argentina)
Stabbed

Celeste was found by neighbours on the street with multiple wounds in her arms and legs. She was taken to the hospital but died there.

Before losing consciousness she gave her name as “Celeste”, but her full identity is unknown.

http://www.cadena3.com/contenido/2016/11/17/Misteriosa-muerte-en-Cordoba-de-una-joven-travesti-173080.asp


Rafael Guilherme Silva Pereira
16-Nov-16
Porto Alegre (Brazil)
Shot

Rafael was shot several times.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & G1 Rio Grande do Sul, 16.11.2016


Evelyn Zulma
18 Nov 2016
Guatemala (Guatemala)
Cause of death unknown

Evelyn was murdered inside her home. She was an activist of the OTRANS organisation and had interim protective measures from a case in which she had intervened.

TvT partner organisation Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & Noticias Terra, 03.12.2016


Munich Oliveira Moreno
18 Nov 2016
Osasco (Brazil)
Cause of death unknown

We don’t know what happened to Munich, but some details were apparently posted to Facebook by a friend.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & Facebook Gustavo Augusto Costa, 18.11.2016


Name Unknown
20 Nov 2016
San Salvador (El Salvador)
Beaten

The victim was found beaten to death on the street.

TvT partner organisation Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & La Pagina, 20.11.2016


Juninho da Mangueira
Age 26
21 Nov 2016
Guarus (Brazil)
Shot

According to the police Juninho had been shot at least 5 times.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & Click Campos


Hannia Camacho Rodriguez
Age 30
23 Nov 2016
Victoria (Mexico)
Shot

Hannia had an altercation with some people inside a bar. They shot her three times and ran away.

TvT partner organisation Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & Japii, 24.11.2016


Madeleine Delbom
Age 62
24 Nov 2016
Borlänge (Sweden)
Strangled and stabbed

Madeleine Delbom

Madeleine was strangled and stabbed to death by a group of people who owed money to her after being lured to a remote location for a barbecue.

https://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/krim/article23932335.ab

https://www.expressen.se/nyheter/de-doms-for-mordet-pa-madeleine-i-langshyttan/


Paola Bracho
Age 25
24 Nov 2016
Manaus (Brazil)
Suffocated

Three men took Paola into a room, suffocated her with tape and fled with cell phones and money.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & Expresso AM, 24.11.2016


Michele Rios
26 Nov 2016
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Cause of death unknown

Michele Rios

Michele was murdered inside her own house. No other details are known.

Her Facebook profile is at https://www.facebook.com/michele.rios.5680?fref=ts

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil


Patricia Araujo
27 Nov 2016
Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Shot

Patricia was shot in the head.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1161998623895797&set=gm.688568817984713&type=3&theater 27/11/2016


Dandara
28 Nov 2016
Natal (Brazil)
Shot

A man on a motorcycle called Dandara for sex and then shot her in the head.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & GGB, 28.11.2016


Alejandro Polanco Botero
Age 37
30 Nov 2016
Risaralda (Colombia)
Shot

Alejandro Polanco Botero

Alejandro was a lawyer. He was shot in the head 4 times by a hitman while opening a car door for his assistant.

http://www.cronicadelquindio.com/noticia-completa-titulo-asesinaron_en_pereira_al_abogado_quindiano_alejandro_polanco_botero-seccion-la_judicial-nota-105072.htm