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 January 2017 (see TDoR 2017: Say their names. Learn their stories. Remember them for an index covering the whole year).
[TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE. MURDER]
Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow
1 Jan 2017
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (USA)
Cause of death unknown
Jamie Lee was a two-spirit trans woman. She was found dead at home and her death is being treated as homicide.
Pamela Macedo Panduro
1 Jan 2017
Le Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Death in custody
Pamela died in custody in Le Plata (Argentina) on 1st January 2017. Her death was the first of four (the others being Angie Velázquez Ramírez, Brandy Bardales Sangama and Damaris Becerra Jurado) during 2017 in the same area in similar suspicious circumstances.
All were Peruvian migrants and Otrans activists. Otrans reports that in the city the police routinely make arbitrary arrests of trans women. The detainees are routinely held without charge for long periods in degrading conditions without access to healthcare.
Pamela was Peruvian and worked in La Plata with the Otrans activist organisation. In 2014 she had been chosen as Miss Latin America Trans.
On 9th November 2016 her home was raided and she was detained in a police station in Ensenada and referred a month later to Unit 32 of the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service of Florencio Varela, where she was held until 23rd December 2016 when she was admitted to hospital. She died 8 days later.
“The conditions of detention end up damaging the lives of the compañeras. It is a vulnerable collective; More than 50% have chronic diseases, “said Vázquez Haro, and explained that” The standards of the Supreme Court, the province and La Plata are profoundly harsh: they do not apply the Arriola and Zambrano Judgments.”
“The first of these rulings declared unconstitutional the punishment for possession of marijuana for personal use. The second, meanwhile, showed the abusive practices of the platense police to persecute, strip and mistreat trans women while prohibiting them from being inspected on public roads and at the police station.”
4 Jan 2017
Canton, Mississippi (USA)
Mesha was a make-up artist. Her body was found lying in a road after she was shot everal times.
L. C. Marinho
4 Jan 2017
Nova Cruz (Brazil)
L. C.was stabbed at least 23 times in in the early hours of Wednesday night inside their home in the Vida Nova complex in the Santa Luzia neighbourhood of Nova Cruz.
According to information from relatives, at around 4:00 am neighbours heard screams coming from the house. When they opened the door they found L. C. already dead.
6 Jan 2017
Sharon, Pennsylvania (USA)
Sean was shot by police while sitting in a car. He may have been experiencing a mental health crisis at the time.
Michelle de la Cruz González
6 Jan 2017
Piedras Negras, Coahuila (Mexico)
Michelle’s body was found in a pool of blood in a room in the Rancho Nuevo bar. She had been beaten to death with a hammer.
W. H. Soares dos Santos (“Aila Fontinelle”)
6 Jan 2017
According to witnesses, Aila was in front of her home when two minors arrived on a motorcycle and shot her. “Everything went very fast, they gave no chance of defense to the victim, they fired and fired.”
Police suspect a revenge crime as one of the victim’s brothers is suspected of murdering a relative of the murderer.
Puriwit Chanasit (Keng)
6 Jan 2017
Hatyai Songkla (Thailand)
Keng was beaten to death.
7 Jan 2017
The victim was shot.
Heart de Chavez
10 Jan 2017
Metro Manilla (Philippines)
Heart was shot by an unknown assailant believed to be connected to the police. Her body was found inside an empty house with a bullet hole in her cheek and her legs curled under her body.
The shooter casually walked away “as if nothing happened”, leaving her bleeding from her face and chest.
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Fairfax Media photographer Kate Geraghty documented the case of 26-year-old transgender Heart de Chavez, which has been sent to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, as a case study of alleged police complicity in the killings.
First there was an arrest and alleged police extortion. Then execution.
At the age of 14, Heart grew her hair long, started taking hormone pills and found work washing towels at a beauty parlour.
When her father died when she was in her early 20s she was left to provide for her mother and two single sisters with four children. “She was very kind, generous and good,” said Heart’s sister Arriana.
But Heart’s debts grew until she started dealing in drugs last year, earning 500 pesos ($13) for each transaction.
Police arrested her in January and demanded money but she couldn’t pay, her family says. At least seven masked men later burst into the plywood house in a slum where Heart and her family lived, stepping over children sleeping in a narrow hallway.
Amid the children’s screams one of the men grabbed Heart by the hair and pounded her head on a table, family members say.
Heart’s 61-year-old mother Elena begged for the men not to hurt her as they dragged her out crying. “Ma, help me,” Heart screamed.
Minutes later four gunshots rang out across the neighbourhood.
J. C. N
11 Jan 2017
Estado de Mexico (Mexico)
J.C was shot 16 times while buying cellphone accessories.
Symone Marie Jones
12 Jan 2017
Fayetteville, North Carolina (USA)
Symone died from complications resulting from an unlicenced silicone injection procedure performed in a hotel. The woman who performed the procedure was was jailed after being charged with second degree murder and accepting a manslaughter charge under a plea bargain.
Symone’s Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/symone.jones.9440.
Mierala da Silva
13 Jan 2017
Mierala was found unconscious with serious injuries to the skull, lost teeth and a fractured jaw after being badly beaten on 15th September 2016 in block 8 of the Copernicus Mall, Santa Edwirges Park.
Doctors found that she suffered a cerebral edema. She died in hospital four months later.
Her assailants have not yet been identified.
14 Jan 2017
Villegas was shot in the head by a 15 year old boy, reportedly while participating in an orgy initiated by him and his friends.
14 Jan 2017
Magdalena Contreras (Mexico)
A passer-by spotted two human feet poking out from a container. The victim was found with several contusions in her neck, supposedly caused by a cutting object.
TvT partner organisation Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & El Mexicano, 14.01.2017
15 Jan 2017
Moranguinho (“Strawberry Shortcake”) was shot at a bus stop located at Avenida Bento Munhoz da Rocha Neto, in Agari Park.
17 Jan 2017
San Salvador (El Salvador)
The victim was shot in the head and her body abandoned on the road to Comalapa, in the jurisdiction of Santo Tomás, San Salvador.
According to the authorities the victim had been killed somewhere else and her body carried there to be dumped.
Anahí Tapia Llamas
18 Jan 2017
Anahí was shot and killed inside the Caudillos bar in Guadalajara. Her body was dragged into the street and found face down by municipal police with at least two gunshot wounds to the chest at around 4am.
Paula Fernandes (“Lady Dayana”)
19 Jan 2017
Paula was stabbed 13 times. Witnesses claimed that afterwards her killer sat in a bar near the square, drank a beer, smoked a cigarette and only left after he had shouted that he had just killed her.
Investigators from the clarimed that the victim was a street person, an alcoholic, and did sex work.
Sandrão na Piraquara
19 Jan 2017
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Sandrão was shot seven times while inside a car.
Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011996294979.
On a Facebook post lamenting her death, a friend wrote:
“My dear friend, I will always remember you with your joy and your advice. I will love you forever, my heart is in pieces. You are certainly in a wonderful place !! Whoever knew you today cries this loss.”
19 Jan 2017
Beaten and strangled
Kristina was beaten and strangled to death in an apartment on Srednemoskovskaya Street. Her murderer then set fire to the apartment containing her body.
20 Jan 2017
Vikichy was stabbed twice, the first time in her chin and the second in her stomach.
21 Jan 2017
Imli’s wrist was cut by her boyfriend. He has been arrested by the police, but her family is not willing to share her photos and details on social media.
TvT partner organization Wajood & Facebook post
23 Jan 2017
Cause of death not reported
The victim’s body was found in a wasteland near a lagoon. The police also found the remains of another body (killed several months earlier) nearby.
The murder was reported on 23rd January 2017, but the date of the murder is unknown, as is the cause of death.
Renildo dos Santos
26 Jan 2017
Renildo was in a home with two others, when two assailants arrived on a motorcycle and shot her 7 times. She died on the spot. One of her companions was also shot but survived.
Note that Renildo was named as “J. A. dos Santos” in the TGEU list.
28 Jan 2017
Ágatha was stabbed by a group of assailants after they had chased her into a postal depot. CCTV footage showed that the staff there did not attempt to prevent the attack taking place.
Her murder may have been ordered by a female pimp and her husband.
One of Agatha’s friends relates that she has never been involved in intrigues or street confusions. Vitória also states that the victim had been “expelled” from Taguatinga by one of the women responsible for the work of the transvestites in the city. Then the young woman would have worked for a while on the Pilot Plan and, a few days later, returned to the satellite city. “She had been threatened several times, but wanted to stay to work, because the scene of prostitution in Taguatinga works 24 hours,” he says.
Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/agatha.liosii.3
27 Jan 2017
Three boys slit her throat in her flat. They have not yet been arrested.
TvT partner organization Wajood & Facebook post, 03/02/2017
Silvana Fabian Pineda
28 Jan 2017
La Dorada (Colombia)
According to local reports Silvana was a drug user. She was shot 4 times from behind by assailants on a motorcycle.
30 Jan 2017
Russas, Ceará (Brazil)
Paola was beaten to death with a piece of wood.
Rest in peace. We will not forget.
With thanks to the many volunteers reporting acts of violence against trans people worldwide, and in particular to Transgender Europe.