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).


<< October 2016

Mayla Gonzales
Age 25
1 Nov 2016
Isabela (Philippines)

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

2 Nov 2016
Laranjeiras (Brazil)

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)

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.

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.

Noony Norwood
Age 30
5 Nov 2016
Richmond (USA)

Noony Norwood

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

Alynda Leitte
Age 29
7 Nov 2016
Manaus (Brazil)

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

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & Amazonas ao, 07.11.2016

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.

8 Nov 2016
Paragominas (Brazil)

Pitty was stabbed 15 times.

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

Age 28
9 Nov 2016
Chennai (India)

Tara (left) [photo:]

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.

Day Azevedo
10 Nov 2016
Caiaco (Brazil)

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.

Age 35
16 Nov 2016
Cordoba (Argentina)

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.

There are suspicions that she could have been hit by a car, whose driver left her abandoned or had fallen from a moving vehicle.

Rafael Guilherme Silva Pereira
Porto Alegre (Brazil)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Paola Bracho
Age 25
24 Nov 2016
Manaus (Brazil)

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

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil

Patricia Araujo
27 Nov 2016
Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Patricia was shot in the head.

TvT partner organisation Rede Trans Brasil & 27/11/2016

28 Nov 2016
Natal (Brazil)

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)

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.

Age 33
Nantes (France)
Cause of death unknown

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. 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.